Deck out your device with 15% off smartphone cases & laptop skins. Use code DEVICE15.

SS Ayrfield
SS Ayrfield (originally launched as SS Corrimal) was a steel-hulled, single screw, steam collier of 1140 tonnes and 79.1m in length. It was built in the UK in 1911 and registered at Sydney in 1912. It was purchased by the Commonwealth Government and used to transport supplies to American troops stationed in the Pacific region during WWII.
In 1950, it was sold to Bitumen and Oil Refineries Australia Pty Ltd and in 1951 sold to the Miller Steamship Company Ltd and renamed Ayrfield. Under the Miller flag, it operated as a collier between Newcastle and Miller’s terminal in Blackwattle Bay.
The registration of Ayrfield was cancelled on 6 October 1972 and the old collier sent to Homebush Bay for breaking-up. The hull is located near the mouth of Haslams Creek with the bow pointing towards the shore.

Vessel history by Gregory Blaxell, historian and author, from an article in AFLOAT May 2008

From a shoot in May this year with Adriana Glackin who took a brilliant shot of this wreck using a black Glass

Canon EOS550D (kissx4)
Canon Efs15-85mm

ISO100 1/50s f/9 f=29mm
Hoya circular polariser
Cokin P121S ND grad


  • sunscapes
    sunscapesabout 3 years ago

    Nice work Matt, love the details!

  • Thanks very much Simone, it seems to take me forever to get around to posting images :)

    – Matt Penfold

  • Adriana Glackin
    Adriana Glackinabout 3 years ago

    Very, very nice Matt – ’twas a good day :) Glad you found this shot and I bet you have a few others that should be here, too!! ;)

  • Thanks Adriana, I’ll have to have a look, there could be some others that are worth sharing, maybe the old barge… or that rusty hulk that you didn’t want to climb into :) It was a good day, we’ll have to catch up again soon :)

    – Matt Penfold

  • annamora
    annamoraabout 3 years ago

    this is amazing Matt,
    I used to live at Meadowbank – just opposite Homebush, but I never knew about this one

  • Thank you Anna, it seems the city is full of surprises, I’d heard of the wrecks but had not seen them before, Adriana suggested Homebush bay for a shoot because it’s about the same driving time for each of us :) I’d love to do a dawn shoot there one day, this image is looking east so it would be amazing to have a colourful sunrise behind it and use a bright torch to light up the wreck. :)

    – Matt Penfold

  • Barssel
    Barsselabout 3 years ago

    STUNNING imagery. Beautifully put together.

  • Thanks heaps Ade, it’s a remarkable sight really, I’m so glad they heritage listed what was left of the wrecks, apparently many were lost before they realised their value as historical relics :)

    – Matt Penfold

  • rjcolby
    rjcolbyabout 3 years ago

    Cool image Matt. Now an island of trees. Great history there too.

  • Mieke Boynton
    Mieke Boyntonabout 3 years ago

    Ooooh… lovely artwork, Matt!! Beautiful!

  • Traceyisanozzy
    Traceyisanozzyabout 3 years ago

    A gorgeous image Matt, so amazing how nature has taken over and turned it into an island….wonderful sky and framing :) xx

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneabout 3 years ago

    Oh I love this Matt, such an odd looking artifact with that background of high rises!!!

  • Kornrawiee
    Kornrawieeabout 3 years ago

    Your artwork is the definitely my winner of the day; so wonderful creation.
    Please people by your warm heart, all of us are friends who live in the same world:)
    Best regards,

  • Maria  Moro
    Maria Moroabout 3 years ago

    a beautiful shot Matt… the cloud cover & their patterns are wonderful… hope you’re well my friend.. .

desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait

10%off for joining

the Redbubble mailing list

Receive exclusive deals and awesome artist news and content right to your inbox. Free for your convenience.