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Replica of Noah's Ark is damaged in collision

By Staff Reporter

Published 13/06/2016

Lifesize replicas of penguins are seen outside a full-scale replica of Noah's Ark (AP)
Lifesize replicas of penguins are seen outside a full-scale replica of Noah's Ark (AP)

A life-sized replica of Noah's ark has been badly damaged after colliding with a coastguard boat in the port of Oslo, Norway.

The replica, the smaller of two crafts that took Dutch carpenter Johan Huibers seven years to build, crashed when the crew towing it lost control.

Designed to educate people about faith, the arks have had more than a million visitors, who came to see peacocks, rabbits and llamas, and replicas of giraffes, penguins and tigers.

No animals were on board at the time and no one was hurt in the collision, although the head of a ferry company in the area, Ole Herman Kjernsby, told the New York Times there was "a huge hole" in the side of the boat.

The carpenter built the arks after he dreamt the Netherlands had flooded. The damaged boat is 45 feet high, 230 feet long and has about a fifth of the capacity that Noah's ark would have had.

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