LORAIN – Drivers in Lorain saw a strange sight this week at the corner of East 30th Street and Tacoma Avenue.
On Friday afternoon, it prompted several drivers to stop their cars in front of the house on the corner, looking back at a pirate ship that appeared to be coming out of the home.
The ship, complete with skeletal pirates, is the handiwork of Ricky Rodriguez who constructed it on the side of his mother’s home.
“We need to get a video camera up there to get everybody’s reactions,” Marlene Rodriguez said, laughing outside the family’s home.
Marlene Rodriguez, Ricky’s wife, said her husband has always been handy. In addition to minor repairs around the home, he has built a tiki bar in the backyard and a similar pirate ship for Halloween two years ago.
“He’s very creative. The things that he comes up with are such extremes,” she said.
Ricky Rodriguez decided to resurrect the pirate ship this year by building a portion of the ship that appears to be sailing out of the home. He used extra bricks, siding and gutters to create the appearance of a shipwreck.
Ricky Rodriguez said it was so realistic that he even got a visit from the city’s building inspector.
“The building inspector came and thought I broke the house apart,” he said. “He was amazed.”
Reina Rodriguez, Ricky’s mother, said passersby are amazed as well, stopping to take pictures of the two-story tall ship.
The ship will be on display through Halloween, and it will be utilized during the holiday for the family’s pirate-themed Halloween. Marlene Rodriguez said visitors should get a special surprise when they see the ship at night. At night, smoke will come out of the cannons, and the ship will be lit up.
Ricky Rodriguez will have his work cut out for him next year if he tries to top this year’s Halloween display. His wife joked that he should build dueling ships next year, with one across the street.