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Claim CH505.1:

In 1952, Harold Williams wrote a story told by Haji Yearam, an Armenian Seventh-Day Adventist, in 1916. According to the story, Yearam as a boy helped guide three English scientists to the ark in 1856. Upon finding the ark sticking out of a glacier near the summit, the scientists, "vile men who did not believe in the Bible," flew into a rage and tried futilely to destroy it. Then they took an oath to keep the discovery a secret and murder anyone who revealed it. About 1918, Williams saw a newspaper article giving a scientist's deathbed confession, which corroborated Yearam's story.


LaHaye, Tim and John Morris, 1976. The Ark on Ararat, Nashville: Thomas Nelson Inc. and Creation Life Publishers, pp. 43-48.


  1. The story has several questionable elements (Bailey 1989, 83-84).
    According to the account, Yearam's father thought God wanted people to know the ark was still there. That combined with the vilification of unbelievers suggests that the story was created as religious propaganda.


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

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