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Claim CH505.6:

In 1948, a Kurdish farmer named Resit reported finding the prow of Noah's ark about two-thirds the way up Ararat, protruding from ice. The wood was black and too hard for him to cut off a piece. Based on this account, A. J. Smith organized an expedition, hoping to use Resit as a guide. However, they could not locate Resit or the ark.


LaHaye, Tim and John Morris, 1976. The Ark on Ararat, Nashville: Thomas Nelson Inc. and Creation Life Publishers, pp. 115-118.


  1. Reportedly, Resit told other local people, and several of them also climbed up to see the boat. A. J. Smith, however, failed to locate not only Resit; he could locate no one who saw the boat or who had heard the story. This despite diligent searching and an offer of a reward (Baily 1989, 88). LaHaye and Morris (1976) say this is because Resit was Moslem, but that is unknown. A more likely explanation is that the original story was fiction.


  1. Bailey, Lloyd R., 1989. Noah: The Person and the Story in History and Tradition, University of South Carolina Press.
  2. LaHaye and Morris, 1976. (see above)

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