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Doting Dad spends a year building a 50-foot ship for his daughter in his garden


A fond father built a 50-foot ship in his front yard for a year after his daughter requested a pirate-themed Halloween.

Tony DeMatteo, 41, of Rochester, New York, began building the ship for 13-year-old daughter Ali last November.

The amazing boat, completed earlier this month, stretches all over the garden and lights up at night with fire, smoke and even a custom soundtrack.

A fond father built a 50-foot ship in his front yard for a year after his daughter requested a pirate-themed Halloween

The amazing boat, completed earlier this month, spans the entire garden and lights up at night with fire, smoke and even a custom soundtrack

The amazing boat, completed earlier this month, stretches all over the garden and lights up at night with fire, smoke and even a custom soundtrack

Tony collected old materials himself, including wood and metal, and devoted his weekends to building it, which meant it didn't cost him anything to make.

He said, & # 39; Ali said she really wanted a pirate theme and I really wanted to do this for her but I didn't think I could do it.

“I started collecting materials later in the year and it really looked possible. I designed and built everything myself.

& # 39; It started with a 30 minute soundtrack that lasted forever. I started it in 2019 and finished it at the end of this year.

Tony DeMatteo (back right), 41, from Rochester, New York, began building the ship for 13-year-old daughter Ali last November. He is pictured with wife Rebecca (back left) and daughter Ali (front).

Tony DeMatteo (back right), 41, from Rochester, New York, began building the ship for 13-year-old daughter Ali last November. He is pictured with wife Rebecca (back left) and daughter Ali (front).

Tony collected old materials himself, including wood and metal, and devoted his weekends to building it, which meant it didn't cost him anything to make

Tony collected old materials himself, including wood and metal, and devoted his weekends to building it, which meant it didn't cost him anything to make

“When I had all the supplies I needed by late summer, I started putting them up. I had already made all of the pieces of it, so everything had to be tied together and props slammed onto it.

"I made every part of the ship myself, everything you can see was made completely from scratch and the wood was exposed so I put everything on the front yard and started putting it all together."

Now Ali has surprised her friends with the huge structure in the run-up to Halloween and the neighbors have praised Tony for his craftsmanship.

Now Ali has surprised her friends with the huge structure in the run-up to Halloween and the neighbors have praised Tony for the craftsmanship they use to watch the lights every night

Now Ali has amazed her friends with the huge structure in the run-up to Halloween and the neighbors praised Tony for the craftsmanship they use to watch the lights every night

Tony started building the ship because his daughter wanted a Pirate of the Caribbean Halloween theme and asked him to build her a pirate ship

Tony started building the ship because his daughter wanted a Pirate of the Caribbean themed Halloween and asked him to build her a pirate ship

What Tony hadn't foreseen was how much fun the ship would be for everyone in his community who come by every day to see the chip

What Tony hadn't foreseen was how much fun the ship would be for everyone in his community who come by every day to see the chip

"It was so well received, my daughter loved it when it went off and I was so happy to grant her wish," he added.

“I don't have a background in carpentry or set design and I didn't need anything special, just enough to give it an authentic look.

“It didn't cost anything to make, we used lights we already owned, and I got all of the materials from junk yards and friends.

Tony and Rebecca DeMatteo are pictured in their Rochester garden. They said "a lot of hard work" went into the ship

Tony and Rebecca DeMatteo are pictured in their Rochester garden. They said "a lot of hard work" went into the ship

“We've been doing Halloween shows for about eight years, but this is the best yet, it's 20 feet high and 50 feet long.

“Everyone who sees it is amazed, I do it for fun and my kids get involved, which is great, but I never expected it to get the reaction it has.

“This year has been tough for everyone, the events are canceled and the children do not go to school. The positive reactions were out of this world.

"It's like I'm in the Disney world for my kids, and all of our neighbors come out to see it, have snacks, and enjoy the show."

Attention to detail! Tony made sure the ship was as detailed as possible and added skeletons on the outside

Shudder my wood! The ship is in Tony's garden and all the neighbors come by to see it

Attention to detail! Tony made sure the ship was as detailed as possible and added skeletons on the outside

Bigger and Better! Tony said next year he had an even bigger project to do. The bones of the ship are shown

Bigger and Better! Tony said next year he had an even bigger project to do. The bones of the ship are shown

Skull! The ship has skills and zombies that look like the Black Pearl of the Pirates of the Caribbean

Skull! The ship has skills and zombies that look like the Black Pearl of the Pirates of the Caribbean

Guns and Ships! No detail was forgotten when Tony added counterfeit gun barrels to his creation

Guns and Ships! No detail was forgotten when Tony added counterfeit cannon barrels alongside his creation

Flags high! The garden also has a row of black skull flags for added Halloween fun

Flags high! The garden also has a row of black skull flags for added Halloween fun

Tony started building the ship because his daughter wanted a Pirate of the Caribbean Halloween theme and asked him to build her a pirate ship.

What Tony hadn't foreseen was how much fun the ship would be for everyone in his community who stop by every night to see the light show.

Tony said, “It's been a lot of hard work but I really enjoyed it and I love the joy it brings to my kids, friends and neighbors.

“I'm already thinking about what to do next year, but whatever it is, I'm going to do it now and try to get bigger and better.

"The best part was seeing Ellie's face when it finally went up. Everything else is just a bonus."

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