Hong Kong Brothers Brave Tide With Life-Size Ark

Biblical specs set it apart from others worldwide
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Apr 14, 2009 2:18 PM CDT
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)
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(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.