On his fourth voyage to America, Christopher Columbus was surprised by a waterspout. The sailors had never before seen one, and were stricken with dread, and they let off terrific screams as the giant waterspout hastily advanced towards the ship and put them in imminent danger of death.
Columbus lit the blessed candles on the ship’s prow, girded his sword and, opening the Gospel book, read verses from St. John, drew his sword and, in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ commanded the storm to move away, drawing the sign of the cross in the air.
The waterspout stopped, changed direction and disappeared into the ocean.
Source: A Course on Liturgy - Fr John Baptist Reus, S. J.; Delamare, Colombo, p. 257.