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Dutchman builds modern Noah's Ark
BBC ^ | 3-28-06

Posted on 03/30/2006 7:46:16 AM PST by narby

Dutchman Johan Huibers is building a working replica of Noah's Ark as a testament to his Christian faith.

The 47-year-old from Schagen, 45km (30 miles) north of Amsterdam, plans to set sail in September through the interior waters of the Netherlands.

Johan's Ark is a fifth of the size of Noah's and will carry farmyard animals.

Mr Huibers, who plans to open the vessel as a religious monument and zoo, hopes the project will renew interest in Christianity in the Netherlands.

Although Mr Huibers has tried to remain true to the ark described in the Bible, Johan's Ark is constructed with American cedar and Norwegian pine, rather than "gopher wood".

'Smell of dung'

According to Genesis, Noah kept seven pairs of most domesticated animals, and one breeding pair of all other creatures.

Noah's wife, three sons and three daughters-in-law lived together on the boat for almost a year while the world was flooded.

Mr Huibers' vision is more modest - he said he plans to stock his ark with horses, lambs, chickens and rabbits - mostly baby animals to save space.

"This will speak very much to children, because it will give them something tangible to see that Noah's Ark really existed," Mr Huibers told the Associated Press news agency.

The total cost of the project is estimated to be just under 1m euros (£0.7m; US$1.2m) and was funded with bank loans.

Mr Huibers plans to charge people to tour the boat and said a drink and religious pamphlet will be included in the admission price. At least 100,000 people will need to visit for the project to break-even financially.

Mr Huibers said his wife was not very keen on the idea.

"She always says: 'Why don't you go dig wells in Ethiopia?'," he said. "I've been involved in projects there before but she understands this is my dream."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: ark; blackseaflood; creationism; creationist; dutchman; evolution; holland; johanhuibers; johansark; lightofsevendays; netherlands; noahsark; schagen; thedutch; yec
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I like the last part:

Mr Huibers said his wife was not very keen on the idea.

"She always says: 'Why don't you go dig wells in Ethiopia?',"

1 posted on 03/30/2006 7:46:16 AM PST by narby
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To: PatrickHenry; Coyoteman

Good morning;


2 posted on 03/30/2006 7:47:26 AM PST by narby (Evolution is the new "third rail" in American politics)
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To: narby; wardaddy; sit-rep
Mr Huibers said his wife was not very keen on the idea.

She must have misunderstood when he said he was taking two oars.......

3 posted on 03/30/2006 7:48:51 AM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. )
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To: narby
"She always says: 'Why don't you go dig wells in Ethiopia?',"
Very good question.. seems a waste of energy..
4 posted on 03/30/2006 7:50:06 AM PST by mnehring (http://abaraxas.blogspot.com/.)
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To: narby

This is awesome!


5 posted on 03/30/2006 7:50:42 AM PST by survivour (survivour of flood)
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To: narby

Some guy out in Western Maryland is doing the same thing, except his ark is made with giant steel beams. I think he wants it to be a church.


6 posted on 03/30/2006 7:56:11 AM PST by AirForceBrat23
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To: mnehrling
" Very good question.. seems a waste of energy..

Ethiopians seem to think it is. But there never seems to be a shortage of guilt ridden westerners who keep coming to their country to dig more wells.

7 posted on 03/30/2006 7:56:27 AM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: Nathan Zachary

Can't be more useless, however, than building this ark.


8 posted on 03/30/2006 8:03:28 AM PST by mnehring (http://abaraxas.blogspot.com/.)
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To: narby

Why don't Ethiopians dig their own wells?


9 posted on 03/30/2006 8:04:08 AM PST by johnandrhonda (have you hugged your banjo today?)
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To: narby; longshadow; VadeRetro; balrog666; Senator Bedfellow; RadioAstronomer; js1138; whattajoke; ...
Noah's Ark Ping List
Don't ask to be added to or dropped from this list. Just don't.

10 posted on 03/30/2006 8:04:20 AM PST by PatrickHenry (Yo momma's so fat she's got a Schwarzschild radius.)
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To: AirForceBrat23
Some guy out in Western Maryland is doing the same thing,...

There's a failed restaurant here in MO that is shaped like Noah's Ark--and its huge. I have no idea how long its been vacant....

11 posted on 03/30/2006 8:10:38 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: narby
horses, lambs, chickens and rabbits

Hmmm, nine thousand species of birds on Earth, several thousand mammals, a thousand or so reptiles and amphibians, hundreds of thousands of insects and other arthropods. He builds are ark one fifth of the biblical size, and he can only get four species on board.

Well, I'm convinced!

12 posted on 03/30/2006 8:10:55 AM PST by Right Wing Professor
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To: PatrickHenry

I think I saw a made-for-TV movie about this...


13 posted on 03/30/2006 8:11:56 AM PST by Junior (Identical fecal matter, alternate diurnal period)
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To: Squantos
If I had a wife, the scourge of my life, I'll tell you what I would do.
I'd buy her a boat, and set her afloat, and paddle me own canoe.
14 posted on 03/30/2006 8:14:08 AM PST by Right Wing Professor
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To: narby

Considering all the immigrants invading the Netherlands, not to mention euthanasia, it might not be such a "crazy" idea if he can make a getaway in an emergency.


15 posted on 03/30/2006 8:22:21 AM PST by Nextrush (The Chris Matthews Band: "I get high..I get high...I get high..McCain.")
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To: Right Wing Professor

Your numbers are actually a little low: as of 2004 there are around 8,163 reptilian species, 4,629 known mammalian species, 5,699 Amphibian species, and 10,000 species of birds.


16 posted on 03/30/2006 8:52:08 AM PST by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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To: spetznaz
Your numbers are actually a little low

What can I say? I'm a conservative :-)

17 posted on 03/30/2006 9:25:17 AM PST by Right Wing Professor
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To: Right Wing Professor
Well, I'm convinced!

LOL!

18 posted on 03/30/2006 9:42:31 AM PST by RadioAstronomer (Senior member of Darwin Central)
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To: Nextrush

My thought exactly. As a Christian he will need it to sail out of the Netherlands when the Moslems take over.


19 posted on 03/30/2006 9:58:07 AM PST by Malesherbes
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To: narby
Johan's Ark is a fifth of the size of Noah's and will carry farmyard animals.

By length, deck area, or volume?

20 posted on 03/30/2006 10:00:54 AM PST by Doctor Stochastic (Vegetabilisch = chaotisch ist der Charakter der Modernen. - Friedrich Schlegel)
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