of the Island of Lesbos in the Aegean, the remains of an ancient seaport have
been identified in the modern village of Karatash. The name is preserved in the
harbor and a nearby city of Edremit. The port has only scant excavation, but is
properly identified. The city had been prominent in Hellenistic times, but was a
declining and relatively unimportant city by the time of Paul’s journeys.
appeal before Herod Agrippa II and Festus to state his case to Caesar in Rome,
he was taken by a centurion of the Roman Imperial guard (Acts 27:1) to the
harbor at Caesarea, where they found a ship of Adramyttium to convey them to
Asia Minor. From Asia Minor, they anticipated finding another ship to Rome
(27:6). The contrary winds at Cyprus (27:4) were likely a foreshadowing that a
Mediterranean storm was approaching. The storm system brought a fierce
“north-easter” the wind that brought down the boat they caught in Asia Minor,
wrecking that ship.
The boat of Adramyttium was probably on the way back to her homeport, exchanging goods and passengers from Caesarea to Asia Minor, with several stops along the Aegean coast. It was likely that the Centurion Julius could find another boat to Rome from Asia Minor.