Cool Website #39: Noah’s Ark ReplicaPosted by Paul Apple on Sep 21, 2008 in Cool Websites | 1 comment
Check out the photo gallery for the replica of Noah’s Ark built by Dutch contractor Johan Huibers to encourage people to check out the feasibility of the biblical account of a world-wide cataclysmic flood back in the days of Noah. An article in the Christian Post from back in May 2006 describes the plans which since have been brought to fruition.
Johan’s Ark is calibrated to be able to pass narrowly under every bridge and through every sluice along his planned sailing route, through the interior waters of the Netherlands to the country’s big cities.
Reckoning by the old biblical measurements, the ark is roughly 150 cubits long by 30 cubits high and 20 cubits wide. That’s nearly 230 feet long, 45 feet high, and 30 feet wide.
As described in Genesis, Noah used “gopher wood” to build his ark. Johan’s Ark is constructed with American cedar and Norwegian pine – on top of a seaworthy steel hull.
While spectacular, it holds only about a fifth as many cubic cubits as Noah’s would have, according to most biblical scholars.
“And just think, Noah did it alone and without modern tools. It’s unimaginable, no?” says Huibers, an energetic 47-year-old contractor.
According to Genesis, Noah kept seven pairs of most domesticated animals, and one breeding pair of all other creatures, plus his wife, three sons and three daughters-in-law together on the same boat for almost a year while all the world was submerged by an enormous flood.
Huibers’ vision is more modest. He plans to stock his ark with a collection of farmyard animals such as horses, lambs, chickens and rabbits, plus an exhibition on more exotic creatures.