SS Ayrfield

The SS Ayrfield is one of many decommissioned ships in Homebush Bay, just west of Sydney, but what separates it from the other stranded vessels is the incredible foliage that adorns the rusted hull. The beautiful spectacle, also referred to as The Floating Forest, adds a bit of life to the area, which happens to be a sort of ship graveyard.

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 which 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.

In winter, Sydney gets only one or two days when the entire city is blanketed in fog. It’s one of the most exciting opportunities to get out into the city and photograph it with conditions that are extremely rare.

The morning I woke up and looked out the window and saw thick fog I just knew the SS Aryfield and the whole of Homebush would be covered in fog which is extremely rare and an image I just had to capture. I threw on my clothes, grabbed my camera gear and raced out to Homebush. Whenever there is fog like this over the city, it doesn’t usually last long once the sun starts rising, so you have to be quick.

When I got out there it was incredible. I was so excited and it made me realise once again how wonderful it is to get such joy from taking photographs.

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SS Ayrfield, Sydney – BT04

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