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Claim CH504.3:

In 1936, Hardwicke Knight was kidnapped on Ararat but later released. While lost on Ararat, he found timbers of dark, soft wood. This was on the north side of the mountain, just below the ice pack.


LaHaye, Tim and John Morris, 1976. The Ark on Ararat, Nashville: Thomas Nelson Inc. and Creation Life Publishers, pp. 98-101.


  1. According to the account, the wood was so soft that it quickly deteriorated. This contrasts with all other accounts of the Ark, and it leaves no evidence to support the story.

  2. Knight himself did not associate the wood with the Ark until years later. Given that other wood had been carried up Ararat, Knight's wood could have been something else.

Further Reading:

Bailey, Lloyd, 1989. Noah: The Person and the Story in History and Tradition. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press.
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