Homebush Bay in Sydney, Australia is home to an unique sight of an abandoned, half-sunken shipwreck which has become an incredible floating forest.

The SS Ayrfield served as a cargo ship sailing between Newcastle and Sydney, transporting supplies to American troops in the Pacific Ocean during World War 2, according to Bored Panda. In 1972, the ship was brought to Homebush Bay to be dismantled, but operations eventually ceased and the ship was abandoned.

 

 

The wreck has been reclaimed by nature and is overflowing with mangrove trees, making the old ship a tourist attraction.

Here are some beautiful photos: 

 

 

 

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Leave it to Mother Nature to take your breath away. 💭⠀ ⠀ Lo and Behold the SS Ayrfield, aka “The Floating Forest”. ⠀ ⠀ Did you know? ⠀ •Originally launched as the SS Corrimal, the massive 1,140-tonne steel beast was built in 1911 in the UK and registered in Sydney in 1912 as a steam collier.⠀ ⠀ •It was later used to transport supplies to American troops stationed in the Pacific region during World War II. ⠀ ⠀ •The ship went on to serve as a collier between Newcastle and Miller’s terminal in Blackwattle Bay.⠀ ⠀ •Eventually, in 1972, the SS Ayrfield was retired and sent to Homebush Bay which served as a ship-breaking yard. ⠀ ⠀ •While many ships were taken apart, about four metallic bodies of vessels that are over 75 years old currently float in the bay, though none are enveloped by nature quite like the Ayrfield. ⠀ ⠀ •This ship continues to attract visitors to its majestic presence, rich with mangrove trees.⠀ ⠀ This scenery has got us mesmerized. What landmarks are on your travel bucket list? Tag us or comment below. ⠀ ⠀

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"I'm a Fantastic Wreck".. Most of you have probably seen or heard of the SS Airfield but the story of the wreck in the foreground is not so well known… SS Mortlake Bank  A steel-hulled steam collier weighing 1371 tonnes and 71.65m long. Built in the UK in 1924 and purchased by a company in Melbourne. It was used to transport coal between Hexhem and Mortlake. On 31 May 1942, during WWII SS Mortlake Bank entered Sydney Harbour passing through the anti-submarine boom net when the Japanese midget submarine (M-24) made entry under the ship's keel. – Source – Weekendnotes.com . Mavic 2 Pro. ISO 100 | f/3.5 | 1/5sec | Raw | Lightroom CC . . Copyright © Greg Barber. Licensing by DM or Email. 📍Prints via @riptideprints_ 🔻Link for my collection in bio.. https://riptideprints.com/collections/greg-barber 🚩 Please don't hesitate to contact me if you would like one of my images as a print but can't see it in my collection online and I will make it available to you asap.. . . . . . #fantasticwreck#shipwreck#djiglobal#djimavic2pro#drones#aerialphotography#seeaustralia#droneaddicts#ig_australia#dronesgallery#yourshotphotographer#dronestagram#natgeo#moodygrams#ig_color#fromwhereidrone#mavic2pro#droneofficial#uavpilot#dronepilot#bee2b#ozshotmag#droneheroes#dronepals#ozscapers#australianphotography_magazine#droneoftheday#dailybaileynsw #rotordronemag

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