For some reason, I’ve always had a fascination for those who do crazy things. And this is certainly one of the craziest.
Johan Huibers has constructed a modern-day ark along the waterfront in Dordrecht, Netherlands. It’s taken 3 years of his life and $1.6M out of his pocket. But for Huibers, it is literally a dream come true. According to Michael Inbar writing for today.msn.com:
That dream occurred 20 years ago, and Huibers has been ark-obsessed ever since. Despite his wife’s misgivings, he built an ark in 2004 that was roughly half the size of the specifications listed in the Bible. He guided the craft through the myriad canals of Netherlands, and it proved such a hit among tourists, who were charged 7 bucks apiece to climb aboard, that it financed Huibers’ true dream–building an ark every bit as big as Noah’s.
“Johan’s Ark clocks in at 450 feet long, true to the Bible’s account of a 300 cubit-long ship (in ancient times, a cubit was the length of a man’s arm from elbow to fingertips, or roughly 18 inches). The ark weighs in at a whopping 2,970 tons, and is constructed of Swedish pine, which Huibers the NYT is keeping with God’s command to Noah that the ark be built of resin wood.