The SS Ayrfield may be over 100 years old and abandoned, but it’s far from forgotten. In fact, this ship has become a true wonder of nature, earning the nickname “The Floating Forest” thanks to the lush foliage that now grows on its rusted hull.
Originally built in the UK in 1911 as a steam collier, the SS Ayrfield went on to serve multiple purposes, including transporting supplies for American troops during World War II. After its retirement in 1972, the ship was sent to the Homebush Bay ship-breaking yard, where it became one of several decommissioned vessels left to rust away.
But something remarkable happened to the SS Ayrfield. Instead of decaying into oblivion, it became a thriving ecosystem, with mangrove trees and other plants growing on its hull. Now, over 100 years after its launch, the SS Ayrfield remains a stunning sight, attracting visitors from all over the world who come to marvel at its beauty and the unexpected life that has taken root on its rusted frame.
It just goes to show that even something abandoned and forgotten can still find new life and beauty in the world.