History's Best-Kept Secrets Revealed: Mind-Altering Vintage Photos

CULTURE | May 23, 2023

102-Year-Old Ship in Sydney became a floating forest of mangrove trees.

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The 102-year-old ship, once a proud symbol of maritime exploration and adventure, has been transformed into an incredible floating forest. Located in Sydney Harbour, the SS Ayrfield is now home to hundreds of mangrove trees that have taken root on its decks and hulls. The transformation began when the vessel was retired from service in 1972, allowing nature to take over and create this unique ecosystem. As you explore the ship's decks, it's easy to imagine what life must have been like for the sailors who served aboard her during WWII; the creaking of the wooden planks beneath your feet, the salty smell of the sea air, and the rustle of leaves as birds flit between the branches of the mangroves. This remarkable sight will stay with you long after you've left the harbor.

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