108-Year-Old SS Ayrfield Ship Has Turned Into A Floating Forest After Being Left Abandoned
On the south bank of the Parramatta River in the Inner West of Sydney, you can find the remains of four abandoned ships. Among these old ships, is the SS Ayrfield which definitely stands out. Enveloped by a lush forest of mangrove trees, the 108-year-old cargo freighter has transformed into a floating forest. Today, this is the main attraction of the Homebush Bay as it continues to attract visitors.
Originally built in 1911 and launched as SS Corrimal, this 1,140-tonne massive vessel was as a steam collier. It served the American troops stationed in the Pacific region during World War II. After serving its purpose for over 60 years, the coal-carrying ship was retired. It was later sent to Homebush Bay to stay there for good. The bay was once a bustling trading post but was later turned into a ship-breaking yard. Decommissioned ships that were once used to transport coal and war supplies were left on the bay where they floated and eventually decomposed.
There are several old ships in the bay that are already broken down and perishing. However, there are still four of them visibly floating and slowly rusting in the waters. These four vessels are the SS Ayrfield, SS Mortlake Bank, SS Heroic, and HMAS Karangi.
Although all four abandoned ships are a magnificent sight to behold, the Ayrfield undoubtedly has the most majestic presence. This is due to the rich foliage that miraculously sprouted from it. With several branches of thriving mangrove trees spilling from the sides of the shipwreck, it looks like a pristine floating paradise. Indeed, when nature creates its own wonder, it is certainly the most beautiful thing in the world.