A few years ago, Dutch creationist Johan Huibers showed off a model of Noah’s Ark that was about half-size in each dimension — and that was built on a steel barge. The size of his was 150*30*20 cubits, as opposed to the original’s 300*50*30 cubits (length * width * height). It was even complete with life-size models of giraffes, elephants, lions, crocodiles, zebras, bison and other animals.
That’s the closest that anyone has ever come to re-enacting the Noah’s Ark voyage, as far as I know. It is curious that creationists have been reluctant to try, when one thinks of all the other re-enactments of famous voyages:
- St. Brendan, 530 (if historical): Tim Severin in 1976:
- Leif Ericsson, 1000: a 1000th-anniversary re-enactment by Gunnar Marel Eggertsson with his ship Islendingur (“Icelander”) in 2000:
- Zheng He’s Treasure Fleets, 1405-1433: 2003: Rex Warner aboard a motor sailer traveling China – Vietnam – Singapore – Malaysia – Indonesia – Sri Lanka – Maldives – Oman:
- Christopher Columbus, 1492: a 500th-anniversary re-enactment in 1992 with replicas of all three of his ships (the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria):
- Ferdinand Magellan’s attempted circumnavigation, 1519: 2004:
- “The Pilgrims” aboard the Mayflower, 1620: 1957:
- Captain James Cook, 1768: 2002:
- Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, 1804: a 200th-anniversary one in 2004 going up the Missouri River:
- Charles Darwin aboard the Beagle, 1831: a planned re-enactment:
The Wikipedia article Ship replica has a list of notable ship replicas, including some of those that I’ve mentioned here. Likewise, Replica Ships Worldwide has a big list, including some ancient Greek triremes (~500 BCE).
However, it has been hard to find a re-enactment of another interesting voyage, that by Pytheas around 325 BCE from Massilia (Marseilles, France) to northwestern Europe. Or even some possible Mycenaean Greek voyages from Greece to the Baltic Sea in a quest for amber around 1200 BCE. Homer’s Odyssey may even contain a memory of Scandinavia, a land on the way there, as the land of the Laestrygonians, with its long, rocky fjord and long daytime.
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