Notice that Paul received additional information from an angel during the night, a little help, that everything would be alright because he would see the king or emperor which represents God the Father. And everyone's spirit was uplifted with hope with this new information. This mirrors Daniel 11:34 which pertains to our current time of darkness after Judgment Day.
(Dan 11:34 [KJV])
Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries.
Verse 27 states that the shipmen began to sound the depth on their 14th night because they deemed or perceived that they were close to land. Sounding is essentially seeking knowledge on how close a ship is to land. This sounding occurred "about midnight". They were about halfway through the night.
From all the amazing evidence it appears that the End will occur in the year 2025. That's 14 years from M21. Our night began at Judgment Day on May 21, 2011. The Lord has given His people "a little help" in understanding where we stand and has begun the broadcasting in this year of 2018 which is halfway... "about midnight", to the End at 2025.
The cockcrowing - the third watch
Verse 39 states that at daylight they seen land but knew not the land. This shows that their night had ended. This is when they "made toward shore" and arrived on dry ground and the ship was destroyed. Our night too shall end as the Elect head out to meet the Bridegroom as He is the True Light and this symbolic Noah's Ark that we are currently in will be destroyed.
STUDY POINT:Paul and his fellow shipmen were given additional information at about midnight to what would occur and how close they were to dry land. But it was'nt until the break of dawn that they actually seen and landed on the unknown dry land.
And it also appears that the Elect have been given additional information at about midnight to what has been occurring and how close they are to dry ground. It seems the Elect will see and land on their "far country" at the break of dawn (when the night Ends - 2025).
Paul's journey within the second ship (see the study page) shows us that the sailors knew that dry land was approaching about midnight without actually seeing it. And Paul's 14th night corresponds with our 14th year.