‘Rudderless Ark would have had huge capacity and stability’

May 1, 2016


Betka's Ark

PROPORTIONATE SIZE: This model of the Ark made by Rod Walsh shows the scale and size of what he claims it would have looked like from the research he compiled. The animal figures were put beside it to shows its comparative size. Feasibility studies have suggests that the Ark was bigger in size than is generally believed – a length of 140 metres in length, 14 metres in height and 23 metres in breadth.  Picture by Alzbeta Kucerakova.



Rod Walsh 


ALTERNATIVE VIEW: Rod Walsh of Creation Ministries International says fossils formed in a shorter space of time, not millions of years and that water – as constituting 72 per cent of the earth’s surface – could cover the entire surface at a depth of three kilometres.


A MAN and his wife from Down Under have been touring Dorset, west Hampshire and the rest of the country with their Ark Van to explain how the well-known Biblical boat could have been put together.

The story of Noah captured the public imagination through the Hollywood blockbuster starring Gladiator star Russell Crowe, Harry Potter’s Emma Watson and Sir Anthony Hopkins of Silence of the Lambs but critics say liberties were taken with the original story.

Rod Walsh and his wife Nancy were visiting Bere Regis Chapel from Victoria, Australia, with one of his seven Noah’s Ark models. Mr Walsh is a model-builder and each model Ark individually took several thousand hours to build. They had previously been in Anderholt, near Salisbury the previous week and will be visiting Bridport as well.

The model showed here at Bere Regis Chapel was a two-metre long enclosed model with modern animal figures to demonstrate the scale and size of what he claims it would have looked like.

According to the biblical book of Genesis where the story of Noah is told, the measurements of the boat are in cubits. A cubit is said to be the length of the forearm. A cubit is roughly half a metre or 45 cm at its shortest.

The Ark measured 300 x 50 x 30 cubits and in layman’s terms, this equates to a length of 140 metres, 23 metres in breadth and 14 metres in height. It volume would be 43,000 cubic metres – this is the equivalent to 522 American railroad stock cars, with each being able to hold 240 sheep or a total of 125,000 sheep on the Ark.

The model’s length was the equivalent of three Olympic-size swimming pools side to side.

He said: “The Ark had no propeller, rudder or sail. It would have huge capacity and stability – even in 250mph winds. Modern-day oil tankers are made in the shape of arks.”

According to a seven-year feasibility study carried out by a scientist called John Woodmorappe on all aspects of the Ark, he estimated the Ark needed at most only 16,000 animals and that compartments would have been designed for small, medium and large-sized animals.

Woodmorappe calculated that nine per cent of the Ark’s volume was needed for water storage and between 12 and 14 per cent for food storage, assuming that most of the animals did not go into hibernation.

Mr Walsh has been studying the feasibility of Noah’s Ark and the Flood for the past 14 years and his models feature planks fastened with mortise and tenon joints.

In a book he refers to written by Lionel Carson called Ships and Seafaring in Ancient Times he says these type of joints have been found in shipwrecks of Roman ships and the ancient Egyptians were said to have built very large ships similar to the Ark to carry obelisks.

In 1500 BC, it is documented that Queen Hatshepsut built a barge that could carry a load of 700 tons and it was 60 metres in length (200ft) and had a beam of 69 ft.

In referring to the animals, it refers to them being “clean” and “unclean” – according to Jewish custom – and the ‘unclean’ animals came in pairs and the ‘clean’ animals (and some birds) came in groups of seven.

The total area of the world consists of 72 per cent water and 28 per cent land mass. In his book Noah’s Ark More Than A Story, Mr Walsh writes: “If we were to flatten down all the land and uplift the deep ocean basins so that it was all on the same level, then the whole world would be covered by water up to a depth of approximately three kilometres (two miles).”

Arguments put forward by Mr Walsh, of Creation Ministries International, suggests that a massive flood would have meant layers of rock would have deposited quickly and not millions of years, as it is regularly understood from the evolutionary standpoint.

He writes: “All of these examples demonstrate rapid burial, and pure logic tells us that it would be impossible for these fossils to have been formed under a slow and gradual process.”

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