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102-Year-Old Ship in Sydney Became A Floating Forest

For all those whose heart starts beating faster when they see something old and abandoned, Homebush Bay in Sydney is the place to visit. This is were many 20th century ships, which are no longer used, ended up: one of them, the SS Ayrfield, is definitely the most impressive sight for all the lush flora, growing in its rusted hull. The fully-grown mangrove trees earned this 102-year-old, 1,140-tonne ship the Floating Forest name among the locals.

The SS Ayrfield served as a collier on the sixty-miler run between Newcastle and Sydney and would transport the supplies to American troops in the Pacific Ocean. The ship was brought to the Bay back in 1972 to be dismantled, but the operations eventually ceased and the bay no longer served as a ship wrecking yard. The SS Ayrfield, along with many other ships that were used during WW2, were simply left there to decay.

Besides its history for ship-breaking and the spooky ship cemetery, Homebush Bay is home to the Olympic Stadium today as well. Although there are people, passionate about photographing various abandoned objects, many tourists are drawn to the bay because of the Floating Forest alone. What a sight!

via: odditycentral

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  • Katja Nesramnica via Facebook

    species come and go, so did other before ours and so will ours. Civilisation leaves some awesome things behind however, sometimes for millenia:) we’ll see..oh, wait!:)

  • Charity Dodd Giddings via Facebook

    There was a pretty interesting series on history channel call Life after people. Goes into exactly this type of thing.

  • Tijana Zlatković via Facebook

    Ksktozt Tkstkzo <3

  • Anthony Gianfrancesco via Facebook

    pandas do not destroy. pandas love

  • Comunicamente Lab via Facebook

    not much…

  • Ryan Downey via Facebook

    60-200 years depending on the location

  • Michael H Kaleikini via Facebook

    oh a couple thousand years or so

  • Tracey Taylor via Facebook

    About the same time as it took for humans to destroy nature’s existence.

  • Alex Gano via Facebook

    Of course it would be the Aussies. Nice!

  • Norma Sanchez Diaz via Facebook

    Hopefully long before Humans destroy Nature..

  • Patricia Touchette Hutchinson via Facebook

    cool story

  • Honza Preibisch via Facebook

    20-2000 years, depends on level of human influence on each location

  • Diego Ramos via Facebook

    Naelson Mello

  • Sylvia Heyn-Smith via Facebook

    I am wondering if what grows on this ship likes the iron content of the metal? I know that long after a house is gone the cement foundation remains in the ground. Lilac trees like what is in cement and will continue to flourish near the foundation long after the house is gone. Certain birds long after trees are gone, will utililze buildings for living and nesting. Not all birds, can do this.

  • Mika Rosova via Facebook

    Thanks for sharing this, looks amazing!

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  • Charity Dodd Giddings via Facebook

    Most welcome. :)

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  • Sheila Fowler via Facebook

    cool… I know after 20 years of what I considered even “gentle” stewardship of my small plot of land it has only taken Mother nature one year to totally reclaim it HER way during my incapacitation…we will never unlock that mystery ;)

  • Josmil Chaparro via Facebook

    Love this post

  • Devon Campbell via Facebook

    too cool

  • Herman Reyes via Facebook

    Millions of years. There are islands of floating plastic trash in specific places in the oceans right now, and those aren’t breaking down any time soon.

  • Michael Simpson via Facebook

    30 minutes after we punched out.

  • Sara Esse via Facebook

    Alan Weisman wrote a book about that.

  • Patrick Murphy via Facebook

    300 years for complete entropy….

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  • Harry Fiedler via Facebook

    Max Fiedler

  • Laura Ann Kimberly via Facebook

    this so beautiful , see what natural can do . God does wonderful things

  • Anonymous

    This is amazing and so beautiful. I hope they never take this off the water.

  • Loenja Tobias Selter

    it looks cool and all but it doesnt look like its floating.(the high water mark on the hull)

    • Shravan Reddy

      well it’s all pretty much still water.. It just moves to the wind I reckon !

  • Shravan Reddy

    That’s the coolest thing.. I work in Olympic Park and haven’t heard about this at all.. Will take a trip this week !!