I hadn’t noticed the Arrow 2 sitting high and dry prior to Monday, and even that was pretty much an accident.
Yes, if you know where to look for her, you can see her as you slip down off the lift span, heading east on the “new” Youngs Bay Bridge, but unless you’re a passenger, you should be paying more attention to the road.
But, there she is. After 50 years of service, and after becoming (very probably) one of the most-photographed working boats on the planet, she’s perched on spindly blue stilts, awaiting her fate.
After all of these years of watching her and photographing her, Monday was the first time that I ever touched her. Not knowing what her future holds, I was glad I got the chance.
She has a tremendous following. I have very high hopes that she’ll end up on a more glorious perch somewhere nearby in years to come.
For the time being, though, it’s rather sad to see this rugged workhorse out of her element with no clear future ahead of her.