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Without any doubt, if there’s a vessel in the world that has gained more fame than the notorious ship of Titanic that sank in the early hours of 15 April 1912, then this is most certainly none other but Noah’s Ark.
And while the story of Titanic ends up tragically, with over 1500 people falling victim to the unfortunate sinking of the otherwise unique for that time Olympic-class ocean liner, the story of Noah’s ark has a happy end.
After listening to God’s guidelines, Noah managed to build a vessel that was unseen and unparalleled for the time.
But what’s more, he also managed to save the world’s incredibly diverse species from extinction.
Nevertheless, he also saved humanity from extinction. After all, Noah’s children who survived the flood because of being sheltered in the ark had the mission to continue writing the history of humankind.
Indeed, the story of Noah’s ark keeps fascinating both children and grown-ups all over the world. However, nowadays, we are faced with the consequences of people’s negligence that is currently associated with the ongoing of the 6th mass extinction.
Digging into the secrets of boat building and exploring Noah’s legacy for the next generations to come, we hope to inspire you that it is never too late to choose to follow the right path: the path of love and respect for all living creatures that will lead humanity to a brighter future.
Boat Building: One of the Earliest Branches of Engineering
The very roots of the word “engineering” are hidden in the Latin word for “engine” – “ingenium.”
Being of ancient origin, “ingenium” translates into “innate quality, especially mental power, hence a clever invention,” as described by Random House Unabridged Dictionary.
Ultimately, boat building is listed as one of the oldest branches of engineering.
To be more specific, by pointing out to the ancient origin and history of boat building, experts actually refer to wooden boat building.
Long before the use of metal started to enter the life of our ancestors, the easily available materials such as stone and wood were the hallmarks of engineering.
When it comes to the use of wood for boat building purposes, there are several important qualities to keep in mind.
Apart from being one of the most easily accessible materials, wood allowed the ancient boat builders to mold it into specific elements effortlessly.
Last but not least, the amazing quality of wood to float over water could have not possibly be left unnoticed (and hence, unemployed) in the process of boat building).
Interestingly, Imhotep is the earliest engineer who is known by name. According to historians, Imhotep is said to have most probably supervised and designed the Pyramid of Djoser all the way back in 2630 – 2611 BC.
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However, engineering did not officially rise as a profession before the 18th century.
What are Some Types of Wood Construction Used in Boat Building?
For a start, it’s essential to have a quick overview of some of the multiple elements present in a boat. Below, we will list some of the most essential parts on a random principle.
Thus, we will get a better understanding of some of the types of wood construction used in boat building.
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The bow is the forefront part of the hull. It serves the purpose of reducing the resistance during the process of the vessel cutting through the water.
As a rule of thumb, a hull needs to be tall enough to be able to prevent water from splashing over the deck and causing eventual harm.
Generally, a hull may possess two or more chines.
The chines are long strips on the hulls that deflect the spray produced by the fast speed of the boat during the process of traveling in water.
On another note, the term chines also refer to the members of the crew who are located inside the hull in order to support the very edges of the panels.
The deck refers to thetop surface of the hull. Thanks to the deck, a boat’s crew can operate the vessel with ease, safe from the weather and water because of the deck’s protection.
Ultimately, a deck stiffens the hull.
In boat building, the term bulkhead is usedto describe the internal walls of the hull. These internal walls are also referred to as transverse because of the precise angles.
The oar is a wooden pole that is constructed in such a manner as to allow the oar to grip water when being pulled. For this purpose, an oar needs to be flattened so that it can attain a better, deeper grip.
Typically, oars are commonly used in couples because it is through the power of paired oars that a rowboat is propelled forward.
All in all, there are over 100 parts that are closely related to boat building.
Without looking closely into any of these parts and their meaning, we will jump straight to the very essence of this article: Noah’s ark and the legacy for the next generations.
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Noah’s Ark: An Overlook on the Different Versions of Building the Ark United by Rich Symbolism
Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.(Genesis 6:14–16)
The version we just shared above is the one by King James.
Although the exact dimensions of the ark were specified by the Lord, any additional information regarding the building process is lacking.
The type of wood that Noah was asked to use in the construction of the ark was the so-called Gopher wood: a mystical type of wood that appears only a single time when the same term is mentioned by the Lord in His instructions to Noah.
Up-to-date, many people continue to believe in the authenticity of the story of Noah’s Ark. However, despite all the efforts of researchers and enthusiasts, no physical proof of the ark’s existence has been found yet.
From time to time, though, different findings are being attributed to the story of building Noah’s Ark. Then again, still, there is no solid proof that can turn the theories into new, revolutionary discoveries.
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But above all, one thing is for sure: stunningly similar stories to that of the construction of Noah’s Ark are repetitively found throughout several different cultures and religions around the globe, apart from Christianity.
One such example is the Epic of Gilgamesh which dates back to the 7th century BCE. What’s more, the Epic of Gilgamesh is not the only story related to the ancient Babylonians that consists of similar patterns as those found in the story of Noah’s ark.
On another note, in Rabbinic Judaism, the story of the flood parallels the story of the creation of the world. The three-deck ark built by Noah is seen as a symbol of the heavens, the earth, and the water beneath: the Hebrew cosmos in a nutshell.
In Muslim beliefs, the story of Noah is then again, present. However, according to the information provided in the Quran, Noah was faced with doubts when trying to figure out the shape of the future ark-to-be.
It was then that Allah revealed to Noah that the ark needs to be made out of teak wood, and the ark’s shape needs to resemble a bird’s belly.
Boat Building in the 21st Century: Re-building Noah’s Ark!
Ark Encounter is a life-sized replica of Noah’s Ark. It was built by following the exact dimensions of the legendary ark, just the way the book of Genesis describes.
Amazingly, the modern-day version of the ark took 11 months to be fully accomplished. In order to finish the project as quickly as possible, the employees were required to work 6 days a week, 24-hours a day.
Thus, up to 300 people often happened to work on-site at a time.
Ultimately, the final countdown of all the employees involved in the process of building the astonishing modern-day version of Noah’s Ark is estimated at approximately 1000 people.
The timber used for the construction of the ark is about 4.2 million pounds and was mostly obtained from the forests of Canada, Utah, and Washington.
The only difference that sets apart the incredible contemporary version of the legendary Ark built by Noah according to the Bible, is the fact that the Ark Encounter was never intended to sail in open water!
Instead, the Ark Encounter was designed as a theme park that will hopefully attract the attention of tourists from all over the globe.
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The moral of the story?
Considering the number of employees and the time needed to complete the Ark Encounter, we can only imagine how Noah must have felt when building his notorious Ark so many years back in time!
Mind-Blowing Read on the Legacy of Noah’s Ark: The 6th Mass Extinction
Those who are more skeptical may wonder if the 6th Mass Extinction is one of those crazy predictions about the end of the world.
However, as we briefly mentioned at the very beginning of this article, the 6th Mass Extinction is actually happening right now.
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During the course of history, there are 5 great mass extinctions of species on Earth.
Ultimately, all of the 5 massive extinctions were caused by catastrophic events such as the arrival of the ice ages or collisions caused by huge meteorites.
Unfortunately, the 6th Mass Extinction is solely caused by the behavior of humans over the course of the past centuries (more specifically, over the course of the last 200 years).
To illustrate better the lethal damage from the effect of the 6th Mass extinction, it is good to know that currently, more than 20% of all Australian mammals are listed as endangered species.
In other words, our kids may end up as the grandfathers and grandmothers who tell their grandchildren good-night stories about the once majestic Kings of the Jungle – the amazing tigers – because up-to-date, tigers are rapidly getting closer to disappearing from the face of the planet.
According to Dr. Sarah Bekessy who is a chief investigator with the multi-university Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions, “It will take more than a million years for the world’s diversity of species to recover.”
The most frightening outcomes of the negligent behavior of mankind towards the surrounding environment remain yet unknown but one thing is for sure.
Just like the butterfly effect suggests, all living creatures on the planet – starting from the soil, the plants, the animals, and all the way up in the food chain to human beings – are intricately connected in such a manner that no changes occurring anywhere in this chain can end up without affecting the rest of the members in this same chain.
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Amazingly, the legacy of Noah’s Ark for the next generations becomes more relevant than ever before.
It is through mutual efforts, responsibility, empathy, and understanding that we can save the biodiversity on this planet.
The Bottom Line
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“Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. 21
“The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.”(Genesis 6:9-9:17)
Nowadays, we can build superior boats, we possess superior tools, we dare to call ourselves Homo Sapiens (originally translated from Latin as “wise man”) – but are we really that wise?
Only the course of history will prove whether we will become the saviors of this planet or whether we will be ones to blame for destroying it.
And in this important battle for the well-being of the next generations, everything starts with reaping the immense potential of our Minds, and the thoughts that get born by the one-of-a-kind intelligence of humankind.
Just like we have managed to master the secrets of boat building, we can manage to preserve the magic of this planet through mutual efforts.
“Thoughts will change and shift just like the wind and the water when you’re on the boat; thoughts are no different than anything else”– Jeff Bridges