According to a press release on Thursday night by Ken Ham, CEO of Answers in Genesis, the organization is proceeding to construct Noah’s Ark, a vessel that to some ancient technology enthusiasts might look more like a Viking long-boat, as demonstrated in the art work on the project’s website. The ship, however, doesn’t seem to be intended for seafaring, but rather as a tourist attraction and will be located in Williamstown, northern Kentucky.
The Ark, a full-scale 510-foot-long vessel will serve as the featured attraction at the Ark Encounter, which is estimated to attract up to 2 million visitors in its first year. Some might feel excited for the potential benefit of that for Grant County, Kentucky, located just south of Cincinnati. The Ark Encounter, home of Noah’s Ark, will be built on 800 acres of I-75, and in phases over many years, as Ken Ham himself will oversee the construction of this marvel of ancient technology.
Ham stressed his immense gratitude to God for his generous blessings and also to the tremendous support the project and the organization has received from the many supporters all around the country, who’ve helped make this possible. He further goes to talk about the rough series of challenges they faced on the rocky path, going through the stages of offering bonds and thereafter, leading up to the final delivery of the bonds. He also adds that atheists stepped up and registered for bond offerings and then attempted to disrupt the process, then some bloggers and reporters wrote articles about the bonds that were not only misleading but inaccurate, but the numerous and disruptive challenges have now been overcome and the project is ready to proceed into action.
Ham also stresses the projects benefit of all the global media coverage it’s, the upcoming feature film, Noah, starring Russel Crowe and of course, the recent and, to many, ever so memorable debate with Bill Nye the science guy, a well publicized event. All of these instances combined may have contributed to bringing the Ark to life. Further, Ham makes a note of another sign of God’s charitable deeds, as the date set for the debate had been set in stone for months, long before they could ever predict the delivery time of the bonds for the Ark, and with God’s will and timing, the debate helped convince the rest of the investors and secure the resources, over these past few weeks.
Upon receiving the news of all of this, Nye is reported to have phrased some sort of condolences message to the state of Kentucky.
The Ark Encounter, built over time in several phases, is budgeted to cost approximately $120 million. The first phase, being the Ark itself and the necessary supporting elements, has an estimated price tag of $73 million, and the Ark itself will open during phase one, according to Ham.
What some might label a “Viking looking” vessel of god, featuring marvels of ancient technology, is about to rise in Kentucky, possibly attracting millions, thanks to Ken Ham and the Answers in Genesis organization.
Editorial by Halldor Fannar Sigurgeirsson