Cool Website #39: Noah’s Ark Replica

noahs ark

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.

1 Comment

  1. Sam Miller

    Nice story, but you messed up the story. Noah didn’t take “domesticated” animals on the ark, he took seven pairs of CLEAN animals and one pair of each UNCLEAN animals. This is important if you understand both following God’s commandments and eating healthy. Let’s face it, God told Noah how to eat healthy 5000 years ago..doctors are just now discovering the benefits of not eating certain animals, and can you believe it, they are the same animals God told us about in Genesis.

    Be careful not to paraphrase the Bible so much that you lose the message.