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Dutchman builds full-size ark replica

By T.K. Randall
July 9, 2012 · Comment icon 35 comments

Image Credit: Französischer Meister
A carpenter has spent three years and over one million pounds building a full size replica of Noah's Ark.
Johan Huibers undertook the mammoth project based on a dream he had 20 years ago in which he witnessed the Netherlands being flooded like in the Book of Genesis. In 2004 he built a much smaller version of the ark and sailed it along canals, this time however he's gone the whole hog and constructed a full-size ark based on measurements from the Bible.

Nicknamed "Johan's Ark", the 450ft long wooden boat weighs 3,000 tons and can carry 1,500 people. Huibers is hoping to sail his ark up the Thames as part of the celebrations surrounding the London Olympic Games.
According to MSNBC, the carpenter had been obsessed with bringing the story of the ark to life ever since, and in 2004 had built a half-scale version and floated it along the country's canals. Tourists had flocked to see the smaller prototype when he had opened it to the public, but the proceeds from admissions had went straight back into funding his ambition to build a full-size ship.

Source: News Track India | Comments (35)

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Comment icon #26 Posted by csspwns 12 years ago
wow tats fast. and only in 3 years. makes the dude who built the model 'haunted'model titanic sound uhh slow. unless he exaggerated
Comment icon #27 Posted by Ryegrog 12 years ago
In the bible it said the ark was made of Gopher Wood. But to my knowlege nobody knows what tree it came from. unless it's extinct or just another name for a tree.
Comment icon #28 Posted by Arbenol68 12 years ago
He should try to sail it across the Atlantic. Maybe he could invite Ken Ham along for the ride. I bet he wouldn't even get out of the Channel.
Comment icon #29 Posted by pallidin 12 years ago
That's one big a$$ ship. Good god, talk about obsessive compulsive disorder.
Comment icon #30 Posted by Lava_Lady 12 years ago
No pics? Lame!
Comment icon #31 Posted by pallidin 12 years ago
Pics? Here you go...
Comment icon #32 Posted by BorisIWantToKnow 12 years ago
Comment icon #33 Posted by g00dfella 12 years ago
Hey gOOdfella... Have you met Skookum yet? Cheers for saving me some leg work. I was leaning towards the waste of money point of view, but this looks jaw dropping. To some it may be a waste of time and money, but visitors to the smaller trial version generated a profit of $1.2 million. Not bad for a (smaller) wooden boat. I guess I missed that post! Not bad at all, was able to make a profit from it even...
Comment icon #34 Posted by Junior Chubb 12 years ago
I guess I missed that post! Not bad at all, was able to make a profit from it even... Glad you go to see the pictures in the end gOOdfella, a picture paints a thousand words.
Comment icon #35 Posted by Jeffers 12 years ago
i want to know why there weren't any dinosaurs on the so called ark seeing as these numpties think we lived at the same time as they did...

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