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How big was Noah’s Ark with facts and figures

Noah's Ark floating in the swirling waters. How big was Noah's Ark?How big was Noah’s Ark, well the length and beam of Noah′s ark make it very sea-worthy and compares with that of a 14000 ton Tanker.

It had the correct proportions, unlike the ark in the Babylonian flood story which was a cube 55 metres by 55 metres by 55 metres!

The ark resembled a huge barge. It was built just to float – it had no sails, oars, propellers or rudder.

It consisted of 3 decks and a 0.5 metre ventilation gap just below the roof, running it′s full length.

The eight images below are shown to the same scale: (Different sized monitors may display these inaccurately, but it will give a visual indication of their sizes)


How big was Noah's Ark? The Mayflower sailing ship was a lot smaller!

The Mayflower

Length: 19.5 metres Beam: 8 metres


How big was Noah's Ark? The Cutty Sark sailing ship was a lot smaller!
How big was Noah’s Ark? The Cutty Sark sailing ship was a lot smaller!

Cutty Sark

Length: 67.7 metres Beam 11 metres


How big was Noah's Ark? The battleship SMS Scharnhorst was of a similar size.
How big was Noah’s Ark? The battleship SMS Scharnhorst was of a similar size.

SMS Scharnhorst

Length: 144.7 metres Beam: 21.6 metres


How big was Noah's Ark? It was huge and barge-like.
How big was Noah’s Ark? It was huge and barge-like.

Noah′s ark [i]

Length: 140 metres Beam: 23 metres


How big was Noah's Ark? A 14000 ton tanker was a very similar size.
How big was Noah’s Ark? A 14000 ton tanker was a very similar size.

14000 ton Tanker

Length: 135 metres Beam: 22.5 metres


How big was Noah's Ark? A Multi Purpose Dry Cargo Ship was a little larger.
How big was Noah’s Ark? A Multi Purpose Dry Cargo Ship was a little larger.

Multi Purpose Dry Cargo Ship DWT 22000 ton

Length: 164 metres Beam: 25.3 metres


How big was Noah's Ark? The RMS Titanic was 129 metres longer but only slightly wider.
How big was Noah’s Ark? The RMS Titanic was 129 metres longer but only slightly wider.

RMS Titanic

Length: 269 metres Beam: 28 metres


How big was Noah's Ark? A Supertanker is 160 metres longer.
How big was Noah’s Ark? A Supertanker is 160 metres longer.

Supertanker

Length: 300 metres Beam: 44 metres


Noah had probably never seen an ocean or had any knowledge of ship building, but the end result was that it had the right proportions to be very sea worthy.

It was also massive in size to hold a lot of cargo, animals and people.

But could Noah have built it?

We can be utterly amazed how the ancient civilisations built enormous and complex things:

The Pyramids, Stonehenge, cathedrals, complex cranes and other machinery, and all with tremendous accuracy.

When modern engineers come to copy some of the ancient things, their knowledge and skill is often severely stretched and often they express amazement at how it was originally built.

So early mankind were clever engineers.

How big was Noah’s Ark? God gave Noah the dimensions and the plan of how to build it:

So make yourself an ark of cypress wood [ii]; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out.
This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be three hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide and thirty cubits high.
Make a roof for it, leaving below the roof an opening one cubit high all around.
Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks.”
Genesis 6:14-16

Noah probably was very rich, so he would have been able to hire a lot of men to build it.

Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God.”
Genesis 6:9

References:

[i] The ark is to be 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide and 30 cubits high. Genesis 6:15
[ii] The Hebrew word unknown to us.

Peter Reason

December 2011

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2 Comments

  • Hi Laura. Please do use the images, but unfortunately there are no bigger originals – that’s the size I created them. Sounds like good fun having a wave tank, from Peter

  • Hi, could I use the images you have for Noah’s ark and various other ships for a display we are organizing at a local fair?
    I’m putting together a wave tank with a model ark as a hands on for children and am making up a poster with a gospel message. Your images would be very helpful! Would you have the original images? I can copy them from your site but originals would be very helpful!
    I enjoyed your site and found the info good and well organized. Thank you for putting it up!

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