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Paul sailed for Italy under the guard of a centurion named Julius. At the first stop Julius was kind enough to Paul to let him get off the ship and go visit his friends. They provided for his needs. They sailed again and at the next port they changed ships. Hurricane force winds began to blow. They dropped anchor and the waves started battering the ship. In order to lighten the load, they began to throw the cargo overboard. By the third day of the storm, they were throwing away the ship's sailing gear. They had endured the storm for two weeks and were now getting close to land. It stuck fast in a sandbar and the ship began to break into pieces. The soldiers planned to kill the prisoners to keep them from escaping, but Julius, the centurion in charge of Paul, convinced them to spare everyone. He ordered them to jump overboard. Those who could swim swam to shore. Those who couldn't swim grabbed pieces of wood and floated in. Everyone was saved, just as Paul had predicted. They landed on the island of Malta where the people took care of their needs and they stayed there for three months.