A Dutch carpenter who built a life-sized replica of Noah’s Ark has announced plans to sail the 2500-ton vessel to Israel.

Johan Huibers’ Biblical boat complete with wooden animals, was constructed six years ago at the cost of nearly $1.6million (over £1million), and is currently a popular attraction in Dordrecht, south of Amsterdam.

But Huibers told JTA 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. 


‘My preferred destination for the ark is Israel,’ Huibers, 60, told JTA. 

 
It's vast design has already seen hundreds of thousands of tourists flocking to explore its 410ft long, 95ft wide and 75ft tall chambers, which is similar to the size of the Ark in Genesis 6:15
 
It's vast design has already seen hundreds of thousands of tourists flocking to explore its 410ft long, 95ft wide and 75ft tall chambers, which is similar to the size of the Ark in Genesis 6:15
 

It’s vast design has already seen hundreds of thousands of tourists flocking to explore its 410ft long, 95ft wide and 75ft tall chambers, which is similar to the size of the Ark in Genesis 6:15

Creator Johan Huibers (pictured in front of his vessel) is looking to raise the estimated $1.3million needed to complete the trip to Israel
 

‘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).

Huibers had plans to sail the ark to Brazil, but those fell through, too as the estimated cost of sailing the vessel 5,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean in time for the sporting event was around $1.97million (£1.36million), according to a California non-profit organisation set up to help the determined Huibers realise the dream. 

The religious ark was created to adhere to the Biblical story, in which God instructed a man called Noah to create a boat big enough to save animals and humanity during a flood that would fill the world.

Johan Huibers' Biblical boat was constructed four years ago at the cost of nearly $1.6million (over £1million), and is currently a popular attraction in Dordrecht, south of Amsterdam. Pictured is the Ark's restaurant
 

Johan Huibers’ Biblical boat was constructed four years ago at the cost of nearly $1.6million (over £1million), and is currently a popular attraction in Dordrecht, south of Amsterdam. Pictured is the Ark’s restaurant

 

In keeping with the Biblical tale, the vessel includes artificial replicas of animals in two-by-two formation, which guests are able to witness along with exploring an interactive museum and event centre

Gorillas, elephants and rhinos can be seen on board the Ark which spans over five floors of entertainment and education space
 
Gorillas, elephants and rhinos can be seen on board the Ark which spans over five floors of entertainment and education space
 

Gorillas (left), elephants and rhinos (right) can be seen on board the Ark which spans over five floors of entertainment and education space

Larger than a football pitch and containing five floors, Huibers’ Ark can transport more than 5,000 people at a time. 

Since it opened in 2012, hundreds of thousands of tourists have flocked to explore its 410ft long, 95ft wide and 75ft tall chambers, similar to measurements given in Genesis 6:15.

In keeping with the Biblical tale, the vessel includes artificial replicas of animals in two-by-two formation, which guests are able to witness alongside exploring an interactive museum and event centre. 

During its planned trip to Brazil the end destination of Huibers’ Ark would have been Fortaleza, Brazil during the 2016 Olympic Games and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the Paralympic summer games, with a number of other harbour stops along the way in South, Central and North America.  

It was also hoped that any proceeds would have gone towards creating interactive exhibits on board, including ones that would feature hologram animals.

Huibers had plans to sail the ark to Brazil, but those fell through, too as the estimated cost of sailing the vessel 5,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean in time for the sporting event was around $1.97million 
 

Huibers had plans to sail the ark to Brazil, but those fell through, too as the estimated cost of sailing the vessel 5,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean in time for the sporting event was around $1.97million 

In keeping with the Biblical tale, the vessel includes artificial replicas of animals in two-by-two formation, which guests are able to witness alongside exploring an interactive museum and event centre 
 

In keeping with the Biblical tale, the vessel includes artificial replicas of animals in two-by-two formation, which guests are able to witness alongside exploring an interactive museum and event centre 

The director of the Ark of Noah Foundation Herald, the non-profit who are co-oordinating the fundraising, says the voyage has a deeper goal of raising money to open 'Ark of Hope' Centres, which will provide social, educational and practical support to the underprivileged citizens of Brazil
 
The director of the Ark of Noah Foundation Herald, the non-profit who are co-oordinating the fundraising, says the voyage has a deeper goal of raising money to open 'Ark of Hope' Centres, which will provide social, educational and practical support to the underprivileged citizens of Brazil

Currently Huibers will need a miracle of Biblical proportions to reach the project total and 
 

Currently Huibers will need a miracle of Biblical proportions to reach the project total, which is currently only a couple of thousand dollars into its target…

 

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Source: www.dailymail.co.uk (George Martin)

 

 


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