The Moffatt Translation offers a good recipe for a variety of uses. James Moffatt's version was a new try at an old problem and it is refreshing to read although if he felt the need to place this
, he did it. Not recommended for Congregational Reading.
His text has pointed me to many insights:
Acts 27: 15 - 20 (RSV):
 and when the ship was caught and could not face the wind, we gave way to it and were driven.
 And running under the lee of a small island called Cauda, we managed with difficulty to secure the boat;
 after hoisting it up, they took measures to undergird the ship; then, fearing that they should run on the Syr'tis, they lowered the gear, and so were driven.
 As we were violently storm-tossed, they began next day to throw the cargo overboard;
 and the third day they cast out with their own hands the tackle of the ship.
 And when neither sun nor stars appeared for many a day, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned.
Compare with Moffatt:
 Once they hoisted it aboard, they used ropes* to undergird the ship, and in fear of being grounded on the Syrtis, they lowered the sail and lay to..."
* "Naber's conjecture [Greek word given] for the [Greek word given] of the MSS. yields this excellent sense."
This entire passage simply opens up when you see that the "boat" was secured by "ropes". "Syrtis" offers a clue in Polybius, Histories
151, (from memory here) but the ROPES undergirding the boat!
, Book 3:
"...The barbarians even insolently scoured the sea in hastily constructed vessels of their own called "camarae," built with narrow sides and broad bottoms, and joined together without fastenings of brass or iron
. Whenever the water is rough they raise the bulwarks with additional planks according to the increasing height of the waves, till the vessel is covered in like a house
. Thus they roll about amid the billows
, and, as they have a prow at both extremities alike and a convertible arrangement of oars, they may be paddled in one direction or another indifferently and without risk..."
The last two chapters of Acts open up as well. All of this follows from the description of the "Camarae Boats". "The Queen's Eunuch" of Acts 8 follows from this and reveals that the Story is about Anicetus, who is to be Double-Crossed and cut down. "Paul" is therefore at the mouth of the Cohibus River at the end.
And so on... YMMV but Moffatt has opened up a Gold Mine to me.
PS [Edit Update]: https://archive.org/details/newtestamentnewt01moff
PPS: "Wendt (1899) refers to Naber’s conjecture of βοείαις for βοηθ. as very plausible..." http://biblehub.com/commentaries/acts/27-17.htm