Dutch carpenter builds Noah’s Ark replica

Noah's Ark replica built by Johan HuibersDutch carpenter Johan Huibers has spent three years and over $1.6 million building a modern-day replica of Noah’s Biblical ark.  And this was his second go at it.

At first his wife was opposed to the idea but soon conceded if a smaller version of the ark were built.  Huibers began work on his first ark in May of 2005 and completed work in April 2007.  Working alone, Huibers labored 8:00 to 5:00, six days per week, and used modern day tools to build an ark using 1,200 American Cedar and Norwegian Pine trees.  The ark has three levels and measures 225 feet long, 45 feet high, and 30 feet wide which is nearly 1/2 the size of Noah’s ark.  Inside the replica are life size models of elephants, lions, giraffes, zebras and more.  At some point live animals may be added to the display.

The ark was build in the river port of Schagen (just north of Amsterdam) and later towed by tugboat through canals in the Netherlands and moored in the harbors of Rotterdam.  Visitors can pay $7 to tour the ark.  Thus far Huibers has made $3.5 million in revenue from tourists giving him a $1.4 million profit that he could use for – a second ark!

 

Huibers builds a full-size ark

New Noah's Ark replica built by Johan HuibersShortly thereafter, Huibers began work on a second, full-sized version of the ark using Swedish Pine (biblical scholars believe the “gopher wood” mentioned in the bible was some sort of pine tree).  Concessions had to be made to accommodate modern day fire and safety rules. For instance, a special anchor had to be added to classify it as a “building” and not a “boat” and special fire-retardant paint had to be applied instead of “pitch” that Noah used. Also, it uses s steel frame made from 25 steel barges drawn together to keep it rigid and safe for transportation and visitors.

In 2012, the ark will quite likely be on display in London at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Pictures of the first ark

Noah's ark moored

Noah's ark moored

Head of life-size elephant inside Noah's ark replica

Head of life-size elephant inside Noah's ark replica

The Noah's Ark replica contains many cages as Noah's ark must have contained

The Noah's Ark replica contains many cages as Noah's ark must have contained

The replica has three levels

The replica has three levels

Visitors can pay $7 to tour the ark replica

Visitors can pay $7 to tour the ark replica

The unique design allows good air circulation and clearance for animals such as the giraffe

The unique design allows good air circulation and clearance for animals such as the giraffe

It even has life-size elephants in it

It even has life-size elephants in it

Loading door on the side of the ark replica

Loading door on the side of the ark replica

Inside the ark replica during construction

Inside the ark replica during construction

Sleeping quarters inside the ark

Sleeping quarters inside the ark

 

Pictures of the newest ark

The newest ark is a full-size replica of Noah's ark.  Source: New York Times

The newest ark is a full-size replica of Noah's ark. Source: New York Times

 

The Ark Van Johan is sea worthy too

The Ark Van Johan is sea worthy too

 

A birds eye view of the inside of the newest ark replica

A birds eye view of the inside of the newest ark replica