According to the bible Noah was instructed to build an ark meant to preserve life because a devastating, world-wide flood wiping out all life was about to occur (the illogic alone).
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"Ye woodsten arke was 300 cubits by 50 cubits by 30 cubits in size" (Gen. 6:15).
A cubit is approximately 18 inches which is 1.5 ft. although it is sometimes suggested Noah is supposed to have used the 22 inches, Egyptian cubit which would render ye woodsten arke even bigger but isn't supported by scripture and inflates problems we'll get to in a moment.
So, let's go with the generally accepted 18 inches. Ye woodsten arke then, as supported by scripture, would have been 450 ft long, 75 wide, and 45 tall and the total cubic volume would have been 1,518,750 cubic ft.
When we do a bit of conversion in metres, it's 137.16 by 22.86 by 13.716. For ease of calculation, let's call it 140 x 23 x 14. This give us 45.080e+3 cubic metres.
One cubic metre of pure water equals one metric tonne. Salt water is a bit more dense. Let's add another thousand tonnes. Ye woodsten arke then, would displace 46,000 tonnes, perhaps 46,500 tonnes, tops.
So far for the metres. Back to feet.
Those who know something about ship-building will spot a certain 'minor' problem with the above figures and apparently no creationist has ever noticed it. In part, perhaps, if it's corrected, things get worse, for ye woodsten arke that is.
HMS Victoria, the last full-rigged 1st rate ship of the ERN line to serve as flag of the Channel Fleet was 340 ft long, 250 ft long on the gundeck, with a displacement of about 10,470 tonnes. - http://www.battleships-cruisers.co.uk/hms_victoria.htm
She had a steel frame because the ERN had found that building wooden ships much bigger than 225 ft long was not a good idea. They tended to straddle or hog; that is, they tended to bend. Their bows and sterns would stick up out of the water at an angle (that's straddling) or bend the other way; the bows and sterns were supported by waves but the midships sections would be out of the water or at least not as well supported (that's hogging).
Either way, their keels tended to crack under the strain. Even with steel frames, wooden ships bigger than 250 ft long tend to hog or straddle. The longest wooden ships build were about 300 ft, they required reinforcement with iron straps though and leaked so badly they had to be pumped constantly.
That's why the 18 inches cubit is used here and not the 22 inches, Egyptian cubit because that would render ye woodsten arke about 55 ft tall, 91.5 ft wide and 550 ft long, inflating already insolvable problems.
The Egyptian connection is quite interesting here. About the same time ye floode is said to have happened, it is also said the pyramid of Cheops was being build. If so, we've made a brand new discovery; ye Egyptians, back then, were aquanauts.
Anyway, if we go with the 18 inches cubit, ye woodsten arke then, is the size of about 1 and a half times that of HMS Victoria.
To give you an idea, here's a few pics of HMS Victoria, 340 ft long, including people, for perspective.
Below is a pic of "the ark" (including people for perspective) as build by a Dutch believer based upon the characteristics and measurements as mentioned in the Bible. However, it's about half the size of the ark as recorded in the Bible: 70 metres (230 ft) long, almost 13 metres (43 ft) high, 9.1/2 metres (30 ft) wide, and "the ark" itself is sat on a barge/pontoon because the builder soon realized what the ERN realized before him but creationists still do not.
So, entirely based upon the characteristics and measurements as recorded in ye bible, we can see where this is going.
Then, when we get to the Noah crew and the live stock ... the amount of animals ... the necessary room to exercise to avoid atrophy which would otherwise cause the animals to die before the journey is over ... the amount of specific nourishment needed for each species, where to store it, how to keep it fresh ... the inevitable excrement and only a crew of 8 to feed the animals and clean up after them ... the heat the animals would produce, and only one small window for ventilation ... the amount of fresh water needed, how to keep that fresh, where and how to store it, and so on and so forth, the list is endless ... all on board of ye woodsten arke, for the duration of about a year (7:6-16 - 8:13-19) ... poses problems so huge, so impossible to solve, in a logical and realistic manner that is, that even the most brilliant creationist would be extremely hard pressed to save the day.
Have you ever tried to work out just how big ye woodsten arke must have been to carry the assorted animals, the nourishment and have space for cages and exercise areas?
After you get to 900,000 tonnes displacement and still haven't accounted for all the good stuff, you'd better stop because that's three times the size of a supertanker or nine times the size of a nuke aircraft carrier. There's simply no way a woodsten boat could ever be that big, let alone function.
Remember, we calculated that the ark could displace a max of 46,000 tonnes or so, if we were being generous, and that is only the mass of the boat without the animals, the food, the fresh water and so on (Archimedes' Principle you know). Looks like we need at least two more arks just to carry the food, the fresh water, plant life and so on. Where's the mention of the Great Barge Fleet in the Bible?
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