(Acts 27:28), an island in the Mediterranean, the modern Malta. Here the ship in which Paul was being conveyed a prisoner to Rome was wrecked. The bay in which it was wrecked now bears the name of "St. Paul's Bay", "a certain creek with a shore." It is about 2 miles deep and 1 broad, and the whole physical condition of the scene answers the description of the shipwreck given in Acts 28. It was originally colonized by Phoenicians ("barbarians," 28:2). It came into the possession of the Greeks (B.C. 736), from whom it was taken by the Carthaginians (B.C. 528). In B.C. 242 it was conquered by the Romans, and was governed by a Roman propraetor at the time of the shipwreck (Acts 28:7). Since 1800, when the French garrison surrendered to the English force, it has been a British dependency. The island is about 17 miles long and 9 wide, and about 60 in circumference. After a stay of three months on this island, during which the "barbarians" showed them no little kindness, Julius procured for himself and his company a passage in another Alexandrian corn-ship which had wintered in the island, in which they proceeded on their voyage to Rome (Acts 28:13, 14).
So he reached melita where the amiable barbarians showed him no small courtesy.
The steamer melita was leaving for Bangkok that evening about seven.
I am permitted to make the following extract from a letter written by melita to Mrs. Whiting, in February, 1868.
It is needless to say the gun came from the island called melita!
Ptolemy eulogized it in his day under the title it then bore,—melita.
And when we had escaped, then we knew that the island was called melita.
And when they were escaped, then they knew that the island was called melita.
Fortunately, as in that vessel wrecked long syne on melita, "the hind part of the ship stuck fast and remained immovable."
George grew so red in the face, melita hoped for an apoplectic fit.
When the latter kept his tongue and temper, George addressed himself to melita once more.