A Man Who Built A Real-Size Replica of Noah’s Ark Wants to Sail it to Israel

The wood volume of the 'modern' Ark is equivalent to 12,000 trees.

Noah’s Ark is a story from the Hebrew Bible, which tells how, by order of God (Yahweh or Jehovah), Patriarch Noah builds a massive vessel for his salvation and that of his family who, preserved from the universal flood,  would repopulate the Earth with their offspring.

And while many believe that a massive flood did wipe out ancient mankind in the past and that Noah’s ark did exist, no evidence has ever been found to support that such a vessel existed anywhere on Earth.

The Ark is said to have come to rest at Mount Ararat, and a number of explorers have ventured out there trying to find the remains of the vessel.

Johan's Ark in Dordrecht, Netherlands. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
Johan’s Ark in Dordrecht, Netherlands. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

One of the most curious discoveries was made in 1916 when Vladimir Rosskowizky, a Russian explorer, claimed to have found at an altitude of 4,000 meters above sea level on Mount Ararat a vessel half-buried under the ice.

Tsar Nicholas II of Russia sent an expedition that confirmed that the finding corresponded to the Ark and extracted evidence that was considered as definitive.

The Soviet Revolution and the end of the Tsarist regime made these pieces of evidence disappear forever.

A modern Ark

A businessman from the Netherlands, Johan Huibers, built in 2012 a life-size replica of Noah’s Ark based on the description in the Bible. The ark was built in four years with only seven people. The wood volume of Huibers’ Ark is equivalent to 12,000 trees.

Amphitheater in Johan's Ark. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
Amphitheater in Johan’s Ark. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Now, he plans to sail this vessel to Israel, as revealed recently in an interview with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

The 390-foot-long vessel built by Huibers towers to a height of 75 feet.

“My preferred destination for the ark is Israel,” Huibers, 60, told JTA earlier this month.

His love for religion, the Jewish state and people are said to have fueled him to raise a staggering $5 million to build the mammoth of a vessel.

“It may sound scary, but I believe everything written in this book, cover to cover,” he explained while pointing at a copy of a translation into Dutch of the Hebrew Bible.

“This is a copy of God’s ship. It only makes sense to take it to God’s land.”

The ship was intended to sail to Isreal when it was completed in 2012. However, wildfires in Israel torpedoed the journey reports JTA.

Now, he needs around $1.3 million to sail the boat to Isreal, but he no longer has that money.

Since Huibers’ Ark has no motor, getting there is a problem. In order to do so, he needs to rent tugboats to sail it.

“I love the land, I love the country, I love the people,” he said of Israel.

“They don’t obey, they do what they want, they drive like mad, shove while waiting in line and don’t listen to anyone. Just like me.”

Huibers built the ark “to show people that God exists.”

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