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Rebuilding Noah’s Ark, Cubit by Cubit

Noah’s ark is inspiring a flood of replicas, at least compared to most years.

In the Netherlands, amateur shipbuilder Johan Huibers is building a model of the legendary lifeboat according to its Biblical dimensions: 300 cubits (450 feet) high and 50 cubits (75 feet) wide. When completed, the boat will weigh in at 2,970 tons — and will be classified, for legal reasons, as a building rather than a vessel.

The ark — the second built by Huibers — has inspired controversy among his neighbors, with some supporting the project and others complaining that the giant structure obstructs their views.

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