Leaving Sidon, we sailed on the northern side of the island of Cyprus because we were traveling against the wind.
We sailed along the coast of the provinces of Cilicia and Pamphylia and arrived at the city of Myra in the province of Lycia.
In Myra the officer found a ship from Alexandria that was on its way to Italy and put us on it.
We were sailing slowly for a number of days. Our difficulties began along the coast of the city of Cnidus because the wind would not let us go further. So at Cape Salmone, we started to sail for the south side of the island of Crete.
We had difficulty sailing along the shore of Crete. We finally came to a port called Fair Harbors. The port was near the city of Lasea.
We had lost so much time that the day of fasting had already past. Sailing was now dangerous, so Paul advised them,
"Men, we're going to face a disaster and heavy losses on this voyage. This disaster will cause damage to the cargo and the ship, and it will affect our lives."
However, the officer was persuaded by what the pilot and the owner of the ship said and not by what Paul said.
Since the harbor was not a good place to spend the winter, most of the men decided to sail from there. They hoped to reach the city of Phoenix somehow and spend the winter there. (Phoenix is a harbor that faces the southwest and northwest winds and is located on the island of Crete.)
When a gentle breeze began to blow from the south, the men thought their plan would work. They raised the anchor and sailed close to the shore of Crete.
Soon a powerful wind (called a northeaster) blew from the island.