Hong Kong Brothers Brave Tide With Life-Size Ark

Biblical specs set it apart from others worldwide

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 14, 2009 2:18 PM CDT

(Newser) – A trio of billionaire brothers in Hong Kong is offering shelter from the financial storm in the form of a life-size Noah’s ark replica, built using the Bible as a manual, the Wall Street Journal reports. The ark is one of many replicas worldwide, but the only one that conforms to the Bible’s 450-foot long, 75-foot wide, 45-foot high standards.

Today’s financial woes didn’t inspire it, however: The ark, with 67 pairs of fiberglass animals and a hotel, has been 17 years in the making; the project was driven by the evangelical middle brother. Other arks include a Dutch vessel that, unlike the Kwoks’, really floats; and a Greenpeace ark built as a climate warning on the Turkish mountain where Noah’s is thought to have come to rest.

A nun walks inside Noah's Ark, a replica of the biblical ark built by Dutch creationist Johan Huibers as a testament to his faith in the Netherlands, April 28, 2007.   (AP Photo)
This giraffe statue was later put next to the highway to attract attention to the visit of Noah's Ark to a nearby Dutch city where a replica of the biblical Ark was open in 2008.   (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
In this picture provided by Greenpeace, a Turkish villager looks at the replica of Noah's Ark under construction near Mount Ararat in Agri, eastern Turkey, Saturday, May 12, 2007.   (AP Photo/Manuel Citak, Greenpeace)
Pigeons rest on a modern-day copy of the legendary Noah's Ark, built by Greenpeace volunteers from Germany and Turkey on Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey, May 31, 2007.   (AP Photo/Greenpeace)
Passersby look at a replica of Noah's Ark, built by Dutchman Johan Huibers, in the town of Schagen, Netherlands, Saturday, April 28, 2007.   (AP Photo/Rob Keeris)
A version of Noah's Ark bring built by Hong Kong brothers is life-sized, or about 450 long, 75 feet high and 45 feet wide.   (Sun Hung Kai Properties)
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