To rust and ruin! The forgotten things left to crumble

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Once prized objects of adoration and splendour, these forgotten buildings, cars, planes and ships are slowly crumbling – and there’s something eerily fascinating about them.

Covered in rust, mosses and sprouting trees, the wreck of the SS Ayrfield wallows in the shallows of Homebush Bay, just west of Sydney.

The bay has become a graveyard of once illustrious boats that fell into disuse in the 1960s and 1970s and it is now a popular tourist attraction.

Meanwhile, the Namib desert in southern Africa is home to a whole host of forgotten goods, including vintage cars and even bathtubs from tumbledown shacks dumped in the sands.


Abandoned buildings also make for haunting sites, with some of the spookiest spots including the dishevelled  New World shopping mall in Bangkok and the dormant mining stations dotted around Longyearbyen in Svalbard.

Scroll down to see MailOnline Travel’s round-up of intriguing objects and buildings around the world left to rust and ruin…

The wreck of the the SS Ayrfield in Homebush sits in the shallows of Homebush Bay, just west of Sydney

The wreck of the the SS Ayrfield in Homebush sits in the shallows of Homebush Bay, just west of Sydney

The wreck of the the SS Ayrfield in Homebush sits in the shallows of Homebush Bay, just west of Sydney

The antique train cemetery, which is located about two miles outside the Bolivian city of Uyuni, has become a popular tourist attraction with the rusting carriages and locomotives and sparse landscape making for a surreal sight 

The antique train cemetery, which is located about two miles outside the Bolivian city of Uyuni, has become a popular tourist attraction with the rusting carriages and locomotives and sparse landscape making for a surreal sight 

The antique train cemetery, which is located about two miles outside the Bolivian city of Uyuni, has become a popular tourist attraction with the rusting carriages and locomotives and sparse landscape making for a surreal sight 

The New World Mall in Bangkok was closed in 1997 after it was found to have breached building regulations, then a fire in 1999 left it without a roof. Rainwater slowly filled the building, causing a major mosquito problem. In an effort to rid themselves of the pests, the locals introduced freshwater talapia fish to eat the insects

The New World Mall in Bangkok was closed in 1997 after it was found to have breached building regulations, then a fire in 1999 left it without a roof. Rainwater slowly filled the building, causing a major mosquito problem. In an effort to rid themselves of the pests, the locals introduced freshwater talapia fish to eat the insects

The New World Mall in Bangkok was closed in 1997 after it was found to have breached building regulations, then a fire in 1999 left it without a roof. Rainwater slowly filled the building, causing a major mosquito problem. In an effort to rid themselves of the pests, the locals introduced freshwater talapia fish to eat the insects

This photograph of a rusting, moss-covered car was taken by French photographer Antoine Jacquiaux

This photograph of a rusting, moss-covered car was taken by French photographer Antoine Jacquiaux

This photograph of a rusting, moss-covered car was taken by French photographer Antoine Jacquiaux

The Namib desert in Namibia is home to a whole host of forgotten goods, including classic cars and even bathtubs from tumbledown shacks that have been dumped in the sands

The Namib desert in Namibia is home to a whole host of forgotten goods, including classic cars and even bathtubs from tumbledown shacks that have been dumped in the sands

The Namib desert in Namibia is home to a whole host of forgotten goods, including classic cars and even bathtubs from tumbledown shacks that have been dumped in the sands

Disused coal mining stations are dotted around the town of Longyearbyen in Svalbard, Norway

The Keys Ranch in Joshua Tree National Park, with its water tank and wooden structures, has been abandoned since the 1950s

The Keys Ranch in Joshua Tree National Park, with its water tank and wooden structures, has been abandoned since the 1950s

The Keys Ranch in Joshua Tree National Park, with its water tank and wooden structures, has been abandoned since the 1950s

An abandoned building along a hiking path in the Amalfi Coast region of Italy is shrouded by trees

An abandoned building along a hiking path in the Amalfi Coast region of Italy is shrouded by trees

An abandoned building along a hiking path in the Amalfi Coast region of Italy is shrouded by trees

An old military fort slowly sinks into the sands along the  Baltic Sea coast by the port city of Liepaja on Latvia's west coast

An old military fort slowly sinks into the sands along the  Baltic Sea coast by the port city of Liepaja on Latvia's west coast

An old military fort slowly sinks into the sands along the Baltic Sea coast by the port city of Liepaja on Latvia’s west coast

An abandoned rusty anti-aircraft gun points to the sky at the stunning Paklenica Canyon in Croatia

An abandoned rusty anti-aircraft gun points to the sky at the stunning Paklenica Canyon in Croatia

An abandoned rusty anti-aircraft gun points to the sky at the stunning Paklenica Canyon in Croatia

An abandoned car cooks in the desert heat in Namibia, with its paint slowly peeling away 

An abandoned car cooks in the desert heat in Namibia, with its paint slowly peeling away 

An abandoned car cooks in the desert heat in Namibia, with its paint slowly peeling away 

The abandoned Tkvarcheli power plant in Abkhazia, Georgia, is overgrown with weeds and mosses 

The abandoned Tkvarcheli power plant in Abkhazia, Georgia, is overgrown with weeds and mosses 

The abandoned Tkvarcheli power plant in Abkhazia, Georgia, is overgrown with weeds and mosses 

Once a closed city home to 5,000 Soviet soldiers, technicians and their families, Skrunda-1 in Latvia was abandoned in 1998 and is now  being destroyed by nature

Once a closed city home to 5,000 Soviet soldiers, technicians and their families, Skrunda-1 in Latvia was abandoned in 1998 and is now  being destroyed by nature

Once a closed city home to 5,000 Soviet soldiers, technicians and their families, Skrunda-1 in Latvia was abandoned in 1998 and is now being destroyed by nature

The abandoned Canfranc Railway Station in Spain was once the second biggest train station in Europe but now it is home to derelict carriages instead of paying passengers 

The abandoned Canfranc Railway Station in Spain was once the second biggest train station in Europe but now it is home to derelict carriages instead of paying passengers 

The abandoned Canfranc Railway Station in Spain was once the second biggest train station in Europe but now it is home to derelict carriages instead of paying passengers 

An unknown shipwrecked boat sits in the golden sands on the coast of Vila Nova de Milfontes in Portugal

An unknown shipwrecked boat sits in the golden sands on the coast of Vila Nova de Milfontes in Portugal

An unknown shipwrecked boat sits in the golden sands on the coast of Vila Nova de Milfontes in Portugal

An abandoned Ford pick-up truck from the 1960s sits decaying in the middle of a forest in Olympic National Park, Washington

An abandoned Ford pick-up truck from the 1960s sits decaying in the middle of a forest in Olympic National Park, Washington

An abandoned Ford pick-up truck from the 1960s sits decaying in the middle of a forest in Olympic National Park, Washington

A drone view of the former restaurant on  top of Mount Akhun in Sochi, Russia, as it sits crumbling amid the trees

A drone view of the former restaurant on  top of Mount Akhun in Sochi, Russia, as it sits crumbling amid the trees

A drone view of the former restaurant on top of Mount Akhun in Sochi, Russia, as it sits crumbling amid the trees

Located on the south coast of Sydney, the old Helensburgh Tunnels are a popular sightseeing attraction. The railway station linking the tunnels was deserted more than 100 years ago and left to rot

Located on the south coast of Sydney, the old Helensburgh Tunnels are a popular sightseeing attraction. The railway station linking the tunnels was deserted more than 100 years ago and left to rot

Located on the south coast of Sydney, the old Helensburgh Tunnels are a popular sightseeing attraction. The railway station linking the tunnels was deserted more than 100 years ago and left to rot

This amazing picture was taken at a Swedish car cemetery near Lennartsfors. The photographer, Bj¿rn Eyvind Eilertson, said: 'It's a huge area of at least five square kilometers. You can easily get lost there. There are countless cars there. As far as I know it's only accessible by boat. I went there on one of my canoeing trips to take the pictures'

This amazing picture was taken at a Swedish car cemetery near Lennartsfors. The photographer, Bj¿rn Eyvind Eilertson, said: 'It's a huge area of at least five square kilometers. You can easily get lost there. There are countless cars there. As far as I know it's only accessible by boat. I went there on one of my canoeing trips to take the pictures'

This amazing picture was taken at a Swedish car cemetery near Lennartsfors. The photographer, Bjœrn Eyvind Eilertson, said: ‘It’s a huge area of at least five square kilometers. You can easily get lost there. There are countless cars there. As far as I know it’s only accessible by boat. I went there on one of my canoeing trips to take the pictures’

Old Antonov An-2 aircraft are here engulfed by plant life as they sit rusting at an abandoned airport in Russia

Old Antonov An-2 aircraft are here engulfed by plant life as they sit rusting at an abandoned airport in Russia

Old Antonov An-2 aircraft are here engulfed by plant life as they sit rusting at an abandoned airport in Russia

Two ships sunk 22 years apart are among the top tourist attractions at Bruce Peninsula in the Fathom Five National Marine Park in Ontario, Canada. Officials here seek to protect and display shipwrecks and lighthouses

Two ships sunk 22 years apart are among the top tourist attractions at Bruce Peninsula in the Fathom Five National Marine Park in Ontario, Canada. Officials here seek to protect and display shipwrecks and lighthouses

Two ships sunk 22 years apart are among the top tourist attractions at Bruce Peninsula in the Fathom Five National Marine Park in Ontario, Canada. Officials here seek to protect and display shipwrecks and lighthouses

A green abandoned van at an unknown spot blends into the scenery, entwined by weeds and trees

A green abandoned van at an unknown spot blends into the scenery, entwined by weeds and trees

A green abandoned van at an unknown spot blends into the scenery, entwined by weeds and trees

In 1973 a U.S. military plane ran out of fuel and crashed on the black beach at Sólheimasandur, on the South Coast of Iceland. Fortunately, everyone survived the crash and the remains are still visible on the beach, with tours to the site available 

In 1973 a U.S. military plane ran out of fuel and crashed on the black beach at Sólheimasandur, on the South Coast of Iceland. Fortunately, everyone survived the crash and the remains are still visible on the beach, with tours to the site available 

In 1973 a U.S. military plane ran out of fuel and crashed on the black beach at Sólheimasandur, on the South Coast of Iceland. Fortunately, everyone survived the crash and the remains are still visible on the beach, with tours to the site available 

The wreck of a World War II Japanese fighter airplane from the 1944 Battle of Peleliu, Palau, fought between the U.S. and Japan

The wreck of a World War II Japanese fighter airplane from the 1944 Battle of Peleliu, Palau, fought between the U.S. and Japan

The wreck of a World War II Japanese fighter airplane from the 1944 Battle of Peleliu, Palau, fought between the U.S. and Japan

A number of Iraqi Mil Mi-2 helicopters are abandoned at Camp Warhorse, a few miles to the northwest of Baqubah

A number of Iraqi Mil Mi-2 helicopters are abandoned at Camp Warhorse, a few miles to the northwest of Baqubah

A number of Iraqi Mil Mi-2 helicopters are abandoned at Camp Warhorse, a few miles to the northwest of Baqubah

An abandoned rusted car sits on Route 66 within the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona

An abandoned rusted car sits on Route 66 within the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona

An abandoned rusted car sits on Route 66 within the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona




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