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Russian aviator Roskovitsky photographed the Ark (Talk.Origins)

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This article (Russian aviator Roskovitsky photographed the Ark (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 CH505.5:

In 1916, a story by Vladimir Roskovitsky told how he and other Russian aviators sighted the ark, nearly intact, grounded on the shore of a lake on Ararat. An expedition reached the ark about a month later. Photographs and plans were sent to the czar, but the Bolsheviks overthrew the czar a few days later, and the evidence was lost.
Later testimony revealed that that account -- even the name Roskovitsky -- was 95 percent fiction, but other Russian soldiers have told of hearing of an expedition mounted in 1917 to discover Noah's ark, based on something in a lake spotted from the air.

Source: Tim LaHaye and John Morris, 1976. The Ark on Ararat, Nashville: Thomas Nelson Inc. and Creation Life Publishers, pp. 76-87.


CreationWiki response: (Talk.Origins quotes in blue)

1. The original story is admittedly untrue. However, the supposed historical nucleus of the story does not withstand scrutiny, either. The expedition was reportedly prevented from reaching the ark by a swamp full of snakes, but the only swamps are at the base of Ararat.

LaHaye and Morris recognized that there was a lot of fiction in this account, but included it because there may be some truth behind it.

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