Thursday, July 30, 2015

SS Ayrfield, Sydney's floating forest (10 Pics)

Homebush Bay, west of Sydney, Australia, is home to a few decommissioned ships as the area was once used as a ship-breaking yard. The most famous and unique among them though is SS Ayrfield.

Originally launched as SS Corrimal, it was built in the UK in 1911 and commissioned in Sydney in 1912. She was purchased by the Commonwealth Government and used to transport supplies to American troops stationed in the Pacific region during World War II. After the war, it was sold to Miller Steamship Company Ltd and renamed Ayrfield. For 20 years, SS Ayrfield operated as a collier between Newcastle and Miller’s terminal in Blackwattle Bay.

In 1972 SS Ayrfield was sent to Homebush Bay for breaking up, where its hall still remains floating, covered by lush vegetation.

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