A Dutch carpenter Johan Huibers, who built a life-sized replica of Noah’s Ark, has announced plans to sail the 2.500 tons vessel to Israel.
Johan Huibers’ Biblical boat complete with wooden animals, was constructed six years ago at the cost of nearly $1.6 million. The Biblical boat is currently a popular attraction in Dordrecht, south of Amsterdam.
Dutch Christian businessman Johan Huibers completed work on the life-size replica of Noah’s Ark in 2012 after raising the $5 million needed to construct it. Building work began in 2008 and four years later, the full-sized replica was complete. Inside – like Noah’s Ark in the Bible story – there will be real animals including sheep as well as life-size models of giraffes, elephants, lions, crocodiles, zebras and bison.
But Huibers told earlier this month that he wants to take his creation to ‘God’s land’, and is seeking donations from good Samaritans to get him there. Now, the Dutchman plans to sail the ship all the way to Israel from Holland.
‘My preferred destination for the ark is Israel,’ Huibers told.
‘It may sound scary, but I believe everything written in this book, cover to cover,’ he said while pointing at a copy of a translation into Dutch of the Hebrew Bible.
‘This is a copy of God’s ship. It only makes sense to take it to God’s land.’
Huibers planned to take the ship to Israel soon after its completion, but wildfires in Israel torpedoed the journey.
Now he no longer has the approximately $1.3 million necessary for getting there (the ark has no motor, so Huibers needs to rent tugboats to sail it).
‘I love the land, I love the country, I love the people,’ he said of Israel. ‘They don’t obey, they do what they want, they drive like mad, shove while waiting in line and don’t listen to anyone. Just like me.’
Its dimensions are based on cubits, the measure used as described in the Book of Genesis.
A cubit was about 18 inches. The ark is 300 cubits in length (450ft), 30 cubits high (45ft) and 50 cubits (75ft) wide.