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Chinese treasure ships show Noah's Ark was feasible (Talk.Origins)

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This article (Chinese treasure ships show Noah's Ark was feasible (Talk.Origins)) is a response to a rebuttal of a creationist claim published by Talk.Origins Archive under the title Index to Creationist Claims.

Claim CH508:

The treasure ships from fifteenth century China were wooden ships as large as Noah's ark, showing that Noah's ark was not too big to be built.

Source: No source given.

CreationWiki response: (Talk.Origins quotes in blue)

1. The Chinese ships were not all wood. The keels were long pieces of wood bound with iron hoops, and iron was also used for nails. Ironworkers were included in the crew in case the ship needed repairs while at sea (Levathes 1996).

There is nothing in the Bible that precludes the possibility of the Ark's structure being reinforced with iron. The Bible makes it clear that they had iron works by the seventh generation so Noah would have had access to it. While the Genesis 6:14-16 gives a lot of information about the ark's design, it is not a complete set of blue prints, thus it is neither unbiblical nor unfeasible that Noah could have used iron reinforcement.

2. The length of a chi, or Chinese foot, varied considerably over the period of the Ming Dynasty, when the ships were made and described; it also varied by location and application, so it is uncertain how large they really were. Based on the length of chi determined from an excavated ship, it is estimated that the largest treasure ships were about 390 to 408 feet long and 160 to 166 feet wide (Levathes 1996). That still makes it the largest wooden ship, but significantly smaller than the 480-foot length attributed to Noah's ark.

Talk Origins own source also states that based on the lengths of chi from Jiangsu province where these ships were built, the largest treasure ships measured at 448.8-493.5 feet long; which is the size of the ark. The chi that produces 390-408 feet lengths are from Fujian province. It is however agreed that there is certainty in their lengths.