Some facts and figures about Noah′s ark

Noah's Ark floating in the swirling watersThe length and beam of Noah′s ark 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)

The Mayflower sailing shipThe Mayflower

Length: 19.5 metres Beam: 8 metres

The Cutty Sark sailing shipCutty Sark

Length: 67.7 metres Beam 11 metres

The battleship SMS ScharnhorstSMS Scharnhorst

Length: 144.7 metres Beam: 21.6 metres

The barge-like Noah's ArkNoah′s ark [1]

Length: 140 metres Beam: 23 metres

A 14000 ton tanker14000 ton Tanker

Length: 135 metres Beam: 22.5 metres

A Multi Purpose Dry Cargo ShipMulti Purpose Dry Cargo Ship DWT 22000 ton

Length: 164 metres Beam: 25.3 metres

The RMS TitanicRMS Titanic

Length: 269 metres Beam: 28 metres

A SupertankerSupertanker

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 civilizations 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.

Also, God gave Noah the dimensions and the plan of how to build it:

“So make yourself an ark of cypress [3] wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. This is how you are to build it …” [4] … “Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God.” [2]

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


[1] The ark is to be 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide and 30 cubits high. Genesis 6:15
[2] Genesis 6:9
[3] Hebrew word unknown to us.
[4] Genesis 6:14-15

2 comments on “Some facts and figures about Noah′s ark

  1. 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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