Dutch Replica of Noah’s Ark Suffers Collision

We recently wrote about Another Ark Replica — And It Sails!, in which we reported:

A massive replica of Noah’s ark could travel from the Netherlands to Brazil this year. The ark, which was created by Dutch carpenter Johan Huibers, will stop at several port cities in Brazil and make four stops along the coast of the U.S., according to the Ark of Noah Foundation, which is working to raise funds for the ark’s journey.

This is the website of the Dutch Ark: Die Arche Noah. It’s not in English, but they have a lot of pictures.

We have some follow-up news today, and it’s rather grim. Here is one excerpt, with bold font added by us, from Noah’s Ark’ Crashes With Coast Guard Ship in Oslo Harbor, which appears in the New York Times. They don’t have a comments feature. We’re told:

STOCKHOLM — Norwegian officials say a wooden exhibition ship built as a representation of Noah’s Ark has crashed with a Coast Guard vessel in the Oslo harbor, damaging both ships. Coast Guard spokesman Rune Svartsund said the wooden ship was being towed into the harbor Friday morning when it ran into the “Nornen” patrol vessel, which was moored at a quay. Svartsund said no one was injured but both ships were damaged.

An unfortunate accident — or an omen? The brief article doesn’t speculate, but in a designed universe, everything has a purpose. What does this incident mean? Tell us what you think, dear reader.

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19 responses to “Dutch Replica of Noah’s Ark Suffers Collision

  1. Richard Bond

    It is quite unfair to criticise a wonderful imitation Ark for a collision. Noah encountered no other ships: we know that because the Bible does not mention them. No true Creationist would state as a fact anything that was not mentioned in the Bible, such as dinosaurs.

  2. Well, didn’t Noah collide with a whole bloody mountain? They didn’t mention GPS systems in the bible.

  3. I first read the headline as “Dutch Replica of Noah’s Ark Surfers Collision,” which is orders of magnitude more exciting.

  4. Our Curmy asks *What does this incident mean? *
    Nothing less than It’s the End of Days and time for Rapture.

  5. “… will stop at several port cities in Brazil and make four stops along the coast of the U.S.”

    If it ever makes it, does it intend to pick up passengers, in pairs, and what amenities does it have on board to offer passengers?

  6. Holding The Line In Florida

    But what does Hambone think of it? Probably considers it an act of God’s disapproval since this is obviously a “fake” Ark unlike his holy one!

  7. It’s Huibers’ first smaller version (yup, he build two).


    Anyone who insists to waste money on the thing can feel relieved:


    And DavidK will find all the answers he needs plus some more on that page.

  8. 1. This version of the Ark is NOT made to Biblical specs, any more than Ham’s con-the-mugs theme park version, being much smaller:
    FROM ABC News (Jun 10, 2016, 8:17 AM ET)
    “According to its website, the “Noah’s Ark” is a 70-meter-long (230-foot-long) Dutch-built model of the Biblical ship, and is used as a floating museum.”

    2. This is NOT an actual replica which is described as:
    “It is given in cubits as being 300 cubits long by 50 cubits wide and 30 cubits high. A cubit in the OT was generally about 17.5 inches. However, an Egyptian royal cubit measured about 20.5 inches. . . . The Ark, therefore, could have measured from 437 feet to 512 feet in length”
    SOURCE: http://www.ldolphin.org/cisflood.html

  9. A story with a picture. Looks like quite a bit of damage.


    A more correct headline would be that a barge, with a replica of Noah’s Ark on top of it, was being towed into the harbor. The boat is simply a structure on a barge. On the other hand, it looks like a structure truly built of wood, as opposed to Ham’s heavily reinforced wooden structure.

  10. @mnbo
    So it’s on a journey of proselytization of the poor children of Brazil. How kind, but is it a catholic, protestant or other religious sect ark?

  11. Well, Noah was a known drunk (Genesis 9:20-21) so this makes sense.

  12. michaelfugate

    Drink driving – always a problem. We are lucky to be here – just think if Noah had hit something or steered off into a whirlpool while piloting the Ark – humanity could have been wiped out for good. Talk about putting your eggs into one basket!

  13. There is no indication that the Ark was capable of being steered. There was no mention of sails, oars, or rudder. There was no mention of location equipment – chronometer, sextant, compass, almanac, and, of course, there would be no sense of having charts.

  14. @DavidK: orthodox protestant I think, ie religiously rooted in


    Orthodox implies here rejecting most or all renewals since then, which are incorporated in Dutch mainstream Protestantism.

    But he might be an evangelical christian, ie a product of some 19th and 20th Century christian revival. Orthodox protestants and evangelical christians get along well in The Netherlands as for instance


    shows. Though of course there are even more radical orthodox protestants who think all television the devil’s work and hence not watch that either.

  15. When of course only almost all television is the devil’s work. 😀

  16. God is my copilot? Jesus at the wheel?

  17. Well, this is why you build your Ark on land. Way out in the middle of the continent.

  18. docbill1351

    The nutter was going to sail that wreck to Brazil! That would take a miracle!

  19. David K and mnb0

    It takes a whole barge-load of proselytization to make an impression on people who have a 30 meter statue of th’ Designer hisself looming over their city night and day.