Could Noah have built the huge Ark?

The Bible gives very precise measurements for the Ark in Genesis:

The ark is to be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high…”

Genesis 6:14

It would have been slightly larger than a 14000 ton tanker but not quite as large as a Multi Purpose Dry Cargo Ship DWT 22000 ton. (See some facts and figures about Noah’s Ark for more information).

It is strange but true, that many building marvels were built thousands of years ago.
There have been a number of TV programmes where modern engineers have tried to recreate certain ancient buildings or machines and have often failed in doing so.

They often came to the conclusion that the ancient engineers were more skilful than we realised.

The Sphinx and Great Pyramid of Giza
The Sphinx and Great Pyramid of Giza [i]

For example the Great Pyramid of Gizeh in Egypt has more than two million enormous limestone blocks each weighing two and a half tons.

Or Stonehenge with it’s 50 ton blocks aligned to mark the winter and summer solstices.

Stonehenge by Worakit Sirijinda
The huge blocks of Stonehenge [ii]

Yes the ancient engineers were well able to make massive and complex things, so the Ark was a plausible construction.

Noah and his three sons would have had to hire many workers to complete the task.

Here is God’s instructions to Noah on how to build it:

So make yourself an ark of cypress wood;
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 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high.
Make a roof for it and finish the ark to within 18 inches of the top.
Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks.”

Genesis 6:14-16

See the next article on Noah’s Ark: Ship’s log for Noah’s Ark

Or see the first article on Noah’s Ark: How big was Noah’s Ark with facts and figures

[i] Photo Credit: Elias Rovielo Flickr  cc opens in a new window.
[ii] Image courtesy of Worakit Sirijinda at

By Peter Reason

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