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Ahoy! Swede builds giant pirate ship in his garden

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Ahoy! Swede builds giant pirate ship in his garden
This picture of the boat has more than 14,700 likes on Facebook. Photo: Private
17:16 CET+01:00
A Swedish man has found Facebook fame after pictures of a giant pirate ship he built for his children when he was on sick leave from work went viral on Friday.

When Niklas Andersson from Hedemora in central Sweden went home ill early from work a few weeks ago he quickly became bored.

What did he do? Read a book? Watch television? Potter around on his laptop?

No, none of the above. He built a giant pirate ship for his children.

"At first I thought I might build a skiff (a small rowing boat) but then I though that I might build a ship,” he told Swedish newspaper, Aftonbladet.

“It took probably three weeks in total, although I didn't work on it every day.”

Andersson, a construction worker, used old wood from the demolition of an old part of his house. He didn't use sophisticated tools either.

“I had a hacksaw, hammer and some nails. Building it was a bit like therapy.”

When it was finished, his sister Josefin asked Niklas if she could post some images of the ship on the Facebook group “Upcycle More”, on which users post pictures of house projects built using old material.

By Friday afternoon the picture had logged more than 14,700 likes.

Niklas told The Local on Friday afternoon that he had no more plans for extravagant maritime-themed building projects.

“The kids love to play in it but I have no plans for anything apart from ordinary house renovation,” he said.

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