has been the downfall of many Noah’s Arks. The Arks at Old Orchard
and Savin Rock were lost to fire as was Southport’s Ark. Even
the original Ark at Venice Beach went up in flames in the 1940s.
But Blackpool’s Ark kept on rocking. By the late 1950s, Metcalf’s
animals had become dilapidated, so the park decided to re-commission
the time-worn biblical vessel with a snappier style, After the1960
season, Metcalf’s creations were replaced with more realistic
animals made mainly from fiberglas by artist Sheila Robinson.
Correspondence from the period shows Leonard Thompson was heavily
involved in the redesign of the Ark and often complained to
Sheila when something didn’t look right, especially the figures
of Noah’s family looking out of the ark.