Olympic Dreams for a Dutch Ark


Imagine what the reaction would be if Noah’s Ark suddenly appeared on the Thames River, sailing toward London.

If Johan Huibers has his way, that is exactly what will happen. He has written authorities in London for permission to dock his full-size, 3,000-ton (3048 m. ton), 410-foot (125 m) version of Noah’s Ark during the 2012 Olympic Games.1

Mr. Huibers first gained international attention four years ago after completing his first “miniature” Ark (measuring 230 feet [70 m] long).2 This time he built an even bigger Ark, with an even bigger vision for challenging skeptical Europeans by showing the reasonableness of the Bible’s account about the Flood and Noah.

The 60-year-old builder from the Netherlands has dreamed of this day for nearly two decades. The new ship, docked near Rotterdam, took three years to complete.

Unlike Noah’s Ark, however, it was built on a steel frame.

Ark Replica

© Michel de Groot

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  1. At the Ark Encounter, we used a cubit of 20.4 inches, which was derived by adding a handbreadth to a common cubit of 17.5 inches. This resulted in an Ark 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet tall.
  2. John Tagliabue, “A Biblical Blueprint Meets the Fire Code and the Neighbors,” New York Times, May 29, 2011.


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