Noah’s ark comes to UK to help ease the Brexit process

Noah’s ark comes to UK to help ease the Brexit process November 16, 2019
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AAD Peters, a Dutch artist, acquired a ‘replica’ Noah’s Ark in 2010 – one that actually floats.

To the delight of those who like this sort of thing, he had the 70-ft Bible museum towed to the Norfolk town of Ipswich this week in the hope it will ease tensions between Brits who want to remain in the European Union and those who want to get the the hell out.

How will the ark  reconcile leavers and remainers and guide the process through exceedingly choppy waters?

Peters explained:

I thought that we have to go to England because I want to make a statement that you guys are not alone. We’re here as friends, as brothers, and the Ark is also a sign of hope.”

What makes me sad about England is the mistrust which creates all the discussions. You don’t see each other anymore. You get into ‘this one on this side’ and ‘that guy and that side’. We have the story here on the ark from King Solomon and I always believe that if the Bible doesn’t give a picture to you today, why should I read the Bible?

Peters said the story of Solomon threatening to kill a baby in order to find out who the baby’s true mother was, found in 1 Kings 3, is a challenge to today’s remainers and leavers to simply get along with each other as well as the rest of Europe.

In the Brexit stuff, don’t forget to love each other, don’t forget to see each other because you might ‘kill the baby’. That Bible story is an amazing story, even in this complication of England or the relationship between each other.

I’m not saying I’m for or against Brexit, I don’t care it’s up to you guys, but I care if you don’t see each other anymore and then we kill the love.

The ark was meant to visit Germany but made a last minute change of direction to England, explained Peters.

According to this report, the ark was built in 2010 by carpenter and evangelist Johan Huibers, and man only marginally less deranged than Ken Ham. It’s is built to “half the size of the specifications in the Bible”, and proved a tricky task to transport to the UK

Peters said:

This is the only floating ark in the world and it is extremely beautiful – but more than that it is an opportunity to bring people together and simply discuss life.

The thing has  previously been to Germany, Denmark and Norway.

Local businessman Kevin Barber said:

This is a great opportunity show how aspirational Ipswich is as a town. Not only will it help our community, it will also help our local economy which is a fantastic thing.

Adult tickets are priced at £16.50, with children between four and 14 at £9.50 and discounts available for family tickets. A further 20% discount is available on Mondays.

The ark is set to remain at its spot at Orwell Quay for three months.

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  • Old Harry

    “… the Ark is also a sign of Hope”?

    To whom? Prince Andrew and the other Royal Parasites?

    However, from what I have heard, one family in Norfolk could include a good portion of the entire county population, so better than the Noah Plan.

  • markr1957

    When 70% of Brits don’t believe the ark fairy tale I wonder how well that will go down?

  • Jim Jones

    > Adult tickets are priced at £16.50, with children between four and 14 at £9.50 and discounts available for family tickets. A further 20% discount is available on Mondays.

    Can you imagine those prices?

    BTW, doesn’t it have to be on a steel barge to float

  • Raging Bee

    “…and proved a tricky task to transport to the UK…”

    “Transported” how? Towed on water? Towed by land?

  • Raging Bee

    Careful, that’s the exclamation that brought BoJo into the game!

  • persephone

    I’ve been getting a lot of migraines this week, and I blame all the atheist sites here, because I spend way too much time rolling my eyes.

    Oops, there, I did it again.

  • Laugh, sir, if that cheap and easy thrill is all you have!

    Never forget that Hambonerz Ark wouldn’t float if you parked it on the flight deck of that brand new $14B aircraft carrier.

  • Jennny

    To state the obvious,, these few weeks before xmas are expensive enough, especially for families with kids, so not sure how many will want to pay that entrance fee. I did a lot of children’s missions in the Ipswich area, it did have a lot of evangelical churches of the more rigid kind…the ‘Strict Baptists’ were strong as were the Brethren…neither talked to each other, nor other denominations of course**. I stopped going there in the 1980s, but really can’t see there are hoardes and hoardes of x-tians in these villages who will visit. And the heathen will surely rather pay for their children to visit Santa or the Pantomime…than a weird foreign boat at that price.
    ** Not uncommon to see chapels of this variety right on the edge of the village in this region. The vicar and his flock would vote against these sects building in the village itself so as not to compete with their One True Church, so a baptist farmer might give his land just outside village boundary to build his variety of chapel there.

  • Jim Jones

    Maybe Jesus freaks will pay for it to “save souls”.

  • Barry Duke

    Factoid: Nowadays less 52 percent of people in Ipswich are Christian, while 34 percent have no religion:

  • Jennny

    I feel sure that the many of these incredibly strict and dour nonconformist chapels, built in the late 1800s mainly in the many rural villages around Ipswich, have closed or are struggling to stay open. I suggest few are flourishing and have hardly any under 60s in them, so very few creationist families seeking to indoctrinate their offspring. And in my rural area, there’s a FB discussion going on that all the xmas fairs, santa visits, switching-on-of-village-xmas-light-ceremonies cost a bomb if you take your family to just a couple of them! I think, personally, the guy has misread the atmosphere, the situation in the UK, so convinced he is presumably, his visit is god-ordained and will re-christianise us poor Brexit-beleaguered brits.

  • Jennny

    True, but as you yourself have commented, there aren’t too many of them around these days, they’re even running short of ‘church ladies’ to make the tea. In rural Britain. East Anglia was a bit of a bible belt back in the hey-day of the mid-20thC, but factually, villages these days all struggle to keep community facilities open, libraries, Post Offices, churches etc and much of the region now is dormitory territory for London and the South East….not insular little hamlets where that Strict Baptist Chapel tells you off for hanging out your wet swimsuit and towel to dry on Sunday, after going swimming on Saturday…as happened to me once!

  • Sassafras

    If I want to pay for fairy tales, then I’ll keep my subscription to Disney Plus. The stories are much better anyway.

  • Raging Bee

    “Finally, something even goofier than morris-dancing or cheese-rolling!”

  • markr1957

    Have you ever actually seen Morris dancers in action? I’m not sure if the dancing or the outfits are the goofiest.

  • Raging Bee

    I used to BE a morris dancer (Foggy Bottom, and May Days at Hastings with Hammersmith). And no, we’re not really that goofy; but lots of English people do think we are.

  • markr1957

    I only ever saw Morris dancing a few times – once, somewhere near Reading, Berks, and once more in Amesbury, Wilts at a summer fair, both times while I was serving in he British Army. They did the Maypole dances too. I just thought of it as an interesting historical activity, probably with pagan roots.

  • Raging Bee

    “Probably?!” Of COURSE it has Pagan roots! It’s an ancient and venerable tradition that goes all the way back to the pre-Roman Celts who built Stonehenge (with or without aliens, we’re still not sure about that), and has survived totally unchanged despite all the other things that have changed on the British Isles, from the Romans to the Saxons to the Normans to the civil wars, Renaissance, the Reformation, more civil wars, industrialization, WW-I, the Depression, WW-II…

    Okay, not really, it’s documented back to about 1609, IIRC, and the rest is (pseudo)history.

  • markr1957

    Since the Celts claimed to be survivors of the Trojan Wars (at least, according to Geoffrey of Monmoth’s History of the Kings of Britain) and didn’t arrive in Britain until c. 1100 BCE I think that Stonehenge, along with Woodhenge and Durringon Walls pre-existed the Celts.

    I only know this because me mam was Welsh and claimed ancestry that predates the Roman invasion, and even wanted to name me after the last free Welsh High King of the Britons (with whom she shared a surname, although the Normans, naturally, butchered it into something they could pronounce).