Johan's Ark

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The full size interpretation of Noah's Ark in Dordrecht, Netherlands

Johan's Ark is a Noah's Ark-themed barge in Dordrecht, Netherland, which was built by the Dutch millionaire contractor and creationist Johan Huibers.[1] It is half the length of the Ark described in the Bible, and 40% of the width, but the same height.


While the Bible specified that the Ark had to be built from the unknown gopher wood, the interpretation is a steel frame skinned with American Cedar and Pine and built on top of a steel barge.[2]

Large version[edit]

The full size Noah's Ark in Dordrecht, Netherlands

A full-sized (137 m / 450 ft) version is in Dordrecht, open to the public.[3][not in citation given] This ark is carried on a platform made up of 25 LASH barges and has a coaster's seaworthiness license. The new ark is partly financed by income from the first ark as well as donations and loans.[4]

It features animal models, including cows, penguins, a crocodile, and a giraffe.

There are plans to ship the ark in summer 2016, on a barge, to Brazil where it will stay for 2 years.[5][6]

Small version[edit]

The smaller Ark van Johan Noah's Ark

The Bible story says that Noah was commanded to build an ark having a length of 300 cubits, a width of 50 cubits, and a height of 30 cubits.[2][7] Johan's Ark is half the length of that given in the Bible, 150 cubits or 68.5 metres, 30 cubits high and 20 cubits wide.[8]

Huibers built the structure in the river port of Schagen, 45 km north of Amsterdam, taking one and a half years. In 2007 he opened the doors to visitors.[9] After a few months the structure was towed by tugboat through canals in the Netherlands and moored in the harbours of Rotterdam and Arnhem.[9][not in citation given] The ark was sold to Dutch artist Aad Peters in 2010.[10]

On 10 June 2016, the ark collided with a moored vessel (NoCGV Nornen) while under tow in Oslo harbor. The ark suffered severe damage to its wooden cladding.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Moye, David (2015). "Noah's Ark Replica Made By Johan Huibers Opens Doors In Dordrecht, Netherlands". Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Charter, David (1 May 2007). "Crowds flock to Johan's Ark". The Australian. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ Editor (29 December 2009). "Noahs Ark is to be rebuilt in Dordrecht" (in Dutch). 
  5. ^ Will this ark really cross the Atlantic?
  7. ^ p. 5, The Children of Noah: Jewish Seafaring in Ancient Times, Raphael Patai, Princeton University Press, 1999, ISBN 0691009686.
  8. ^ Keeris, Rob (30 April 2007). "Worried about rising seas levels? Dutchman builds working replica of Noah's Ark". USA Today. 
  9. ^ a b Huibers, Johan (2012). "About Johan's Ark". [self-published source?]
  10. ^ "Kerst in de ark van Noach" (in Dutch). Nederlands Dagblad. 2010-12-20. 
  11. ^ "Noahs ark skadet i sammenstøt i Oslo havn" (in Norwegian). Aftenposten. 2016-06-10. 

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