The SS Ayrfield is one of the many disused ships in the bay of Homebush, on the Western side of Sydney, Australia. What distinguishes it from the other abandoned watercrafts though is the incredible forest which bloomed within the rusty hull. The ship is known as the “Floating Forest”, having like a ship – cemetery type of aesthetic.

Originally named “SS Corrimal”, the ship was built in 1911 in the UK and registered in Sydney the following year with a weight of 1,140 tonnes. The SS Ayrfield was used as a transport during WW2 to supply American forces stationed in the Pacific Ocean, as well as the following years between the harbours of Newcastle and Miller in the Bay of Blackwattle.

Below: picture by Neerav Bhatt shared via Flickr -licence CC BY-SA 2.0

When its duty had been completed, in 1972, the SS Ayrfield was withdrawn and sent to the Homebush Bay, place usually designated as a shipyard for demolishing vessels. Generally most of the ships were destroyed in order to recover the materials, but some of those, for reasons not always mentioned, were not dismantled and therefore kept afloat in the bay. The Ayrfield is onw of the 4 ships currently decaying in a natural way, but still the only one which has turned into a spectacular floating mangrove forest.

Below: during the sunset. Picture by Steve Dorman shared via Flickr -licence CC BY-SA 2.0

Below: long-exposure photo. Picture by Rodney Campbell shared via Flickr – licence CC BY-SA 3.0

Below: video of the ship

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