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Huge Noah's Ark replica deemed 'unseaworthy'

By T.K. Randall
June 7, 2021 · Comment icon 9 comments

The full-size version of the replica ark. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Ceinturion / Ark of Noah Foundation
A giant wooden replica of the biblical vessel has been detained where it is docked in Ipswich, England.
Measuring 230ft in length, the unique vessel, which was built after the idea came to Dutch millionaire Johan Huibers in a dream, is the smaller of two replica arks that he built in the Netherlands.

It was later purchased for 3 million Euros by Dutch TV and theater producer Aad Peters who had intended for it to become a 'talking point' for people from a wide range of different backgrounds.

Inside, the vessel is fitted out with an array of biblical museum exhibits intended for visitors to browse.

Unfortunately, however, it doesn't look as though it will be going anywhere anytime soon, as evidenced by the response to a recent Freedom of Information request by the East Anglian Daily Times.
According to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), the huge wooden vessel is 'unsafe' and as such has been detained at its current dock in Ipswitch, England.

"The vessel, Noah's Ark will remain detained until all the deficiencies have been put right and a Maritime and Coastguard Agency surveyor is invited back by the owners to check that they have been corrected," said a spokesman.

The full-size version of the ark, which is almost twice the length of this one and is known as Johan's Ark, was opened as a museum in Dordrecht, Netherlands, however its current status is also unclear.

Whether either vessel will ever be capable of crossing the ocean again remains to be seen.

Source: BBC News | Comments (9)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by glorybebe 3 years ago
It looks out of proportion.  A good wave could knock it over onto it's side 
Comment icon #2 Posted by acute 3 years ago
Did they put one of each animal on the ship?  
Comment icon #3 Posted by Matt221 3 years ago
Don't think i'd fancy setting sail in that,you'd have to get it out of the river Orwell and across the harbour at Harwich where the Stour meets the Orwell and out of the harbour not the best place in my experience and all with the added problem of a massive big square that would catch the wind and over you'd go
Comment icon #4 Posted by Seti42 3 years ago
Wide range? Really? Like between Protestant fundamentalist and Baptist fundamentalist?
Comment icon #5 Posted by Jon the frog 3 years ago
Could be a nice practice target for the navy !
Comment icon #6 Posted by Buzz_Light_Year 3 years ago
If the replica is to scale, the ark should bob like a cork according to a computer simulation I've seen on it.  
Comment icon #7 Posted by godnodog 3 years ago
Don´t worry, its a modern version of animal, its a he/she/I/you/us/it/them/wahtever
Comment icon #8 Posted by Abramelin 3 years ago
We'll get it back. Remember :  
Comment icon #9 Posted by Berwen 6 months ago
Common sense and science of today must surely outweigh folklore and monetary motives.

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