There’s a resurgence of interest in Noah’s ark in the wake of Aronofsky’s epic, evinced by the tidal wave of stories about seeking the old man’s boat via satellite images.1
Of particular interest is Mount Ararat, which are two peaks known as Greater and Lesser, smack-dab at the contentious Turkish-Iranian border. With strained tensions being the order of the day in the mideast, these mountains exist in a no-man’s land since Turkey claims they are strategically important.
Situations like this are beneficial, forcing investigators to think outside of the box. It’s high time they got into a whole other box.
The Evening News of San Jose, Ca from July 2, 1902 shares the story claiming Noah’s ark came aground in Alaska!2
But don’t get it mixed up with this account from the Salt Lake Telegram dated June 12, 1908
The mystery of the strange northern story of Noah’s ark impaled upon the spur of a minor mountain in the Alaska wilderness has been dispelled by the report of J.H. Brown, who recently visited the strange craft, which he found not far from the mid-reaches of the Chandalar river. Some years ago Casey Moran’s tale of the discover of “Noah’s Ark” in the district referred to was, with multitudinous embellishments, circulated through the American press with no little success, inasmuch as the weird descriptive narratives convinced many credulous persons that it was the original boathouse of Biblical story.
Brown, who “mushed” into Dawson from the country above Chandalar river headquarters recently, tells of coming upon a gigantic craft 100 yards long, of immense beam and covered with a house one story in height, which measured over twelve feet to the eaves. Upon the walls of this strange argosy were inscribed characters in unique type, among which, so Brown declares, were letters of the Russian alphabet. The “ark” which is undoubtedly the original figure of Casey Moran’s sensational tale was found by Brown on a hill overlooking a string of lakes thirty-odd miles above the headwaters of Chandalar river. The Indians in the neighborhood have used the place as a residence and as a storage place for fish, making it a general rendezvous.
Brown advances the prosaic and practical explanation that the so-called “ark” is nothing more than a floating fortress used by the Russians or their predecessors in Alaska, and left stranded, high above the present water mark, by some physical transmogrification of the vicinity in which it has been found, and in which, it is reasonable to suppose, from its great bulk and general unwieldiness, it was put together.3
Another strike against this account being the location. Unlike Porcupine River, on Chichagof Island, this so-called ark is far inland. Even if 90% of Greenland’s glaciers melted, raising sea levels 4-6 meters,4 the ark would’ve had to navigate a treacherous archipelago which is now a mountain range.
Why is folklore like this important? These tales affirm the United States of America is the promised land. With a few deft brushstrokes from the bible, it demonstrates to the rest of the planet that a god did shed its grace upon us. Even far flung locales like Alaska.
Such accounts resonate with the UFO subculture established after Kenneth Arnold’s seminal sighting. At first blush, UFOs are the only true adversary worthy of America’s attention.5 Those reds behind the Iron Curtain are only a nuisance, doomed to failure being godless and all that nonsense.
The USA wielded the atom from the start, but the Soviets lacked the wherewithal to tame nuclear fire. Instead the Russkies resorted to theft, with the Rosenbergs playing the role of latter-day Prometheuses. Like Judas, their shenanigans may have been part of a greater plan against putative, extraterrestrial threats.
Alternatively, saucerlore insinuates how otherworldly forces are interceding on America’s behalf. Whether it’s trading our people, via abductions, for ultratech, or those greys have their own weird appreciation of Christianity and capitalism. If these exchanges are taking place, it maintains the legitimacy of this ‘Grand Experiment’.