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, he'll be sailing his full-scale replica ark to dock in London for the Olympics.

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), 450-foot (137 m) version of Noah’s Ark during the 2012 Olympic Games.

Mr. Huibers first gained international attention four years ago after completing his first “miniature” Ark (measuring 230 feet [70 m] long).1 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.2

Ark Replica

© Michel de Groot

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  1. New York Times, May 29, 2011 Back
  2. Another full-size Ark, under construction in Northern Kentucky, will be made entirely of wooden planks. It will be even longer (over 500 feet [152 m] long, based on the royal cubit rather than the short cubit that Huibers used). See Back