A photo gallery of the construction process is presented below.
The figures in the following scenes are accurate at 1/77th scale.
The beams correspond to timbers of 29 inches by 29 inches, with the largest
single beam being 90 feet long.
This end view emphasizes the six-to-one ratio of length over width.
Here we see one of the sloped ends of the Ark. This shape would help to
deflect the initial impact of a large tidal wave.
These pyramid shaped cells would provide the greatest possible structural
support for a ship of this size.
The angles of this model correspond to those of the Great Pyramid of
As more of the beams are put into place, the shape of the Ark becomes
This end view shows the second level stretching into the distance the
length of almost two football fields.
With this series of pictures we see the support beams for the
three different levels and additional ribs for the outer walls.
Here the superstructure is nearly complete. The Ark was designed
to withstand the initial impact of a huge tidal wave, and afterwards
to rise to the surface of the waters and float. It also needed to hold
an immense cargo. There was no motive power or steering required. Speed
of movement was also not a factor. For all these reason we believe the
flat-bottomed boat concept is the best choice. The triangular and pyramid
shapes would afford the greatest structural strength as well.
The flooring is especially thick to allow for longer spans between
support beams. It would have been easier for Noah and his
sons to machine fewer large beams than to produce a much larger
quantity of smaller ones.
Looking straight down the long corridor of the second level, this
dramatic view shows the immense storage capacity of this portion
of the Ark.
With the lower levels visible in the foreground, this view shows a
small part of the 16,000 plus square feet of floor space on the top
Preparation of the bottom floor is progressing well. The outer skin is
formed by two alternating layers of thick wooden planks with pitch on the
outside and between the layers. The innermost layer (more visible in
subsequent pictures) is bare wood. The slightly elevated walkway runs the
full length of the Ark. This is wide enough to support large wheeled carts
used to transport cargo to its respective bins. Cargo is loaded on each
level before the outer skin is applied to the walls. The lowest
level, containing goods of a nonperishable and durable nature, could be
loaded years in advance of the actual voyage.
This aerial view shows the support beams in the floor which also form a sort
of framework to hold cargo firmly in place during voyage. Specially
constructed containers interlock with these beams and one another, and are
stackable to the full height of the ceiling. As noted before, this innermost
layer is of bare wood, for practical reasons. See the previous picture for
an explanation of the outer skin.
The walkway is nearly five feet wide between the support beams on either side
which also strengthen the floor of the ark, and keep carts from going
off the side.
This picture, and several that follow, are of the ramps connecting the bottom
and middle levels.
This view shows the platform midway between the first two floors which
connects the two ramps.
The small beams which form the surface of the ramps have dimensions
that correspond to roughly 5 inches by 5 inches.
The slope of these ramps is gentle enough for walking, but the use of
the large wheeled carts would require some form of assistance, such as a rope
and pulley system.
Access between floors during the voyage may have been via ramps
such as those pictured here and in the next several pictures.
This is the lower portion of the ramp connecting the middle and
top floors of the Ark.
This view is from the base of the ramp at the middle level.
Here is a view of the underside of the ramp at the middle level showing
some of the support beams.
Another view from the base of the ramp at the middle level.
A view from the top floor, looking down the ramp to the middle level.
The next six pictures show one of the four holding tanks that are in
each of the four corners of the Ark. Two of the tanks, diagonally
opposite from one another, will contain drinking water. These tanks
will also have a baffle system to keep the water from sloshing during
This top view shows the huge capacity of this tank (over 74,000 gallons).
The interior walls and floor will be coated with resinous pitch to make a
Here is a view from the bottom of the tank looking up.
All four tanks are of the same size and shape. The other two will be used
for waste material that accumulates during the voyage. Easy access will
be available to these tanks for pushing material over the edge of the upper
two floors into the tank below.
Inspection of this tank is nearly complete. The next step will be to
apply the water-proofing compound to the interior.
A final view from near the bottom of the tank.
Additional beams are being installed between the ribs of the frame. These
will provide additional support for the outer skin.
Construction of the outer skin is a long process.
Here is an inside view of a small section of the outer skin.
This section now begins to take on the appearance of a large room. The
top floor is shown here. Lower floors have even larger capacity.
This is the first of three frames showing the outer skin taking shape.
This shows two of the holding tanks and support structures.
Second of three frames showing the outer skin taking shape.
Third of three frames showing the outer skin taking shape.
This is the first of six frames showing the interior of the Ark with the
outer skin in place on one side. The objects, which are to scale, help
to demonstrate the relative size of the rooms, ceiling height, etc.
The large overhead beam in the background is halfway between the floor
and the ceiling, yet the person standing has no trouble fitting underneath.
This view from a distance shows more clearly the immense size of each section.
As mentioned previously, the capacity of the lower floors is progressively
Here all three floors are visible, showing more clearly their
This final picture in the sequence shows the inner framework of beams,
including the long diagonal support beams.