Botany Bay

With the buildings in a rather dilapidated state, it is difficult to appreciate that this site has the name of Botany Bay. The reason for this name is that wool from Australia was at one time shipped to this point for distribution. A while back a local botanist confirmed finding species of grass in the vicinity of Botany Bay that normally grow in Australia. Thus it begs the question did the grass seed arrive in the imported wool?

In front of the delapidated shed lies a sunken barge formerly used as an ice-breaker on the canal during cold winters. A few of the spars can still be seen protruding from the water.

Dilapidated buildings in the Botany Bay area

Remains of the ice breaking barge by the Botany Bay shed as seen in the early 1990s

A novel reminder of the ice breaking barge!! 

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