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The Flying Dutchman’s Ark Royal

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You have only got one month left to put a bid in for HMS Ark Royal that has been put up for sale on the internet. According to the website, the  former aircraft carrier is currently “in stock” but the price estimate is not available. Potential buyers are invited to view the Ark Royal though if they make a bid, they have to provide a brief outline of your intentions for the massive warship. Apparently, restocking and embargoing Hong Kong is not appropriate. It is most likely to be chopped up for salvage. Shame, seems it could be the ultimate rich boy’s toy boat.

Maybe Johan Huibers, an old world Dutch Christian should have considered buying the Royal Ark rather than embarking on a folly to recreate the biblical Noah’s Ark. At 3,000 tons and 450 x 75 feet wide, it is much smaller than the 10,000 ton, 630 by 110 feet Ark Royal. It will also probably end up costing him more (£1,000,000) than the scrap value of aircraft carrier. Still he is a man driven by the conviction that building a replica Ark will inspire people to follow the Old Testament. I didn’t think that even Christians believed the Ark myth anymore.

The Dutchman's Noah's Ark

He plans to sail the Ark into London for the Olympics next year and has asked Mayor Boris Johnson for permission. Knowing the tactfulness of our Boris, I expect he’ll say yes and then blast the boat out of the water with the de-commissioned guns off the Ark Royal. At least there should be a pirate boarding raid.

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