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Meeting St. Stories
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East Bay Stories
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Grace Bridge Stories
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August 01, 2005 0:00
From SCDOT: A view from above

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August 18, 2005 18:15
Grace off ramp

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August 19, 2005 17:03
Grace Main Span Pins

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October 01, 2005 0:00
From SCDOT: A view from above

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October 01, 2005 9:32
Removing the Grace roadway and final preparations for droppping the Pearman-Town Creek segment

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October 01, 2005 14:05
Removing the Grace Roadway

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October 03, 2005 19:27
Neil Myers night crew at work

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October 06, 2005 0:00
Finishing roadway removal of the Town Creek section of the Grace Bridge

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October 14, 2005 0:00
Removing roadway from the Grace Approach

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October 22, 2005 8:21
An early morning look at progress over Drum Island

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October 25, 2005 7:56
Clearing Grace and Pearman structures from Drum Island

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October 29, 2005 11:46
Dropping the cables on the Grace superstructure

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November 14, 2005 21:05
Picking a Grace segment of the East Bay overpasses

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November 16, 2005 7:50
Unbuilding the Grace while marching across Drum Island

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November 18, 2005 11:20
Removing the Grace skeleton inside the Port

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November 19, 2005 11:08
The disappearing Pearman Stonehenge and going is the Grace ramp

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November 25, 2005 12:11
A Thanksgiving Holiday

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November 30, 2005 9:50
Pio, Brad, Ted and Richie playing the Grace

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December 01, 2005 14:00
A gift from SCDOT - a view from above

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December 04, 2005 15:27
Grace departs from Drum Island

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December 06, 2005 10:01
Dropping the Town Creek Section of the Grace Bridge

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December 06, 2005 18:12
Raising Grace from Town Creek

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December 11, 2005 0:00
Roadway and girder removal - Grace is fast disappearing

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December 12, 2005 7:32
Pio and his Grace jazz ensemble

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December 13, 2005 8:27
Early morning girder harvesting

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December 14, 2005 7:12
How much sidewalk can Pio make from the Grace roadbed?

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January 01, 2006 12:45
A snapshot of the Gace and Pearman skeletons

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January 05, 2006 16:45
Unbuilding Grace: a family affair

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January 07, 2006 9:00
More unbuilding of the Grace roadway

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January 11, 2006 7:41
Early morning at the Pearman and Grace ramps

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January 12, 2006 17:29
Sparky catching sunset at its best

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January 15, 2006 14:00
The Grace sand pile

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January 17, 2006 13:00
Unbuilding the Grace trusses

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January 17, 2006 14:43
Unbuilding the Grace cantilever trusses

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January 19, 2006 17:38
Sparky catches sunset over Town Creek

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January 21, 2006 8:50
Unbuilding the Drum Island and Port segments of the Grace trusses

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January 21, 2006 10:05
Downhill unbuilding of the Grace ramp

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January 24, 2006 15:40
Preparing the Grace cantilever segment for a blast

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January 25, 2006 13:50
Gone is the Grace off ramp at America St.

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January 28, 2006 9:18
Almost finished: Jaws and unbuilding Grace's ramp

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January 31, 2006 4:10
Backing down the Grace at 4am

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February 01, 2006 0:00
SCDOT gives us a view from above

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February 04, 2006 16:20
A transition from unbuilding to rebuilding

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February 04, 2006 17:30
Pio and a tight squeeze: two excavators passing on the Grace

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February 04, 2006 20:10
A surprise from Marvin + Jack, Lewis, Rich and Scott - 600 Grace feet to go

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February 08, 2006 16:15
The last gasps of the Grace roadway

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February 09, 2006 2:10
The end of Grace: Unpouring the last segment of the Grace ramp

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February 12, 2006 11:05
A Sunday survey of the worksites

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February 15, 2006 10:00
Explosive fracture of the Grace Cantilever Truss

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February 16, 2006 13:06
The Mammoet umbrella and Grace / Pearman preparations

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February 17, 2006 10:12
Jim Grier and his A team fells the last Grace segment on Drum Island

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February 17, 2006 11:10
Sparky's whirlwind visit: up, down and all around

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February 26, 2006 7:45
Preparing Grace for dropping her main span

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March 01, 2006 6:45
The Ironworkers proclaim that the Cooper River is Graceless

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March 04, 2006 7:30
Manny, Chucky, Nugget, Chris, Speedy Pat, Farmer, Art and Rip: Removing the Mammoet beam

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March 08, 2006 16:45
Sparky captures Pio, Richie and the team playing a Farewell to Grace

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March 10, 2006 17:30
Bye Bye Grace

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March 11, 2006 16:08
Retrieving the cantilever truss

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March 13, 2006 16:45
Multiple personalities of Testa operators

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March 16, 2006 12:10
Unbuilding the grace support girders and piers

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March 18, 2006 7:04
Ironworker acrobats display their Graceful respect of Grace

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March 20, 2006 11:03
Grace, Richie and Jackie: A tango at the Navy Yard

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March 22, 2006 8:25
Starting to unbuild P-3

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March 25, 2006 15:23
Michael's headache and more tenacity of purpose

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March 27, 2006 15:03
Rebuilding a jackup barge leg, work on "Stiff Neck" and pre-blast prep on the Pearman

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March 28, 2006 17:03
Unbuilding Pio's legacy and repairs

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March 31, 2006 11:17
Sparky and Sparky 2 and a trip around the worksites

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April 01, 2006 0:00
From SCDOT: A view from above

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April 03, 2006 16:10
Pio, Richie, Jackie and Michael - unbuilding Grace

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April 06, 2006 18:45
Sunsets over Grace: without words

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April 08, 2006 7:09
Michael, P-3 and his 1250

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April 08, 2006 13:05
The dynamic duo: Jackie and Richie

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April 09, 2006 9:04
A neck procedure for Michael's 1250

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April 11, 2006 10:00
Oscar and the DD team

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April 11, 2006 14:30
Planting explosives on the truss between P-11 and P-13

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April 12, 2006 9:59
Grace trusses between P-11 and P-13 down

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April 14, 2006 9:48
Then and Now - Transforming the skylines of Charleston and Mt. Pleasant

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April 18, 2006 12:19
Unbuilding the west Grace cantilever

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April 24, 2006 16:05
Cleanup around the Cooper River and the Navy Yard

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April 26, 2006 13:15
Jackie Foley and Michael Hebb and how to fish for Grace truss sections

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April 26, 2006 13:47
Charge placement on the Grace structure

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April 28, 2006 10:00
Bye bye Grace (Mt. Pleasant side)

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April 29, 2006 12:38
A retrieval composition for Crane, Grapple and Shear

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May 03, 2006 10:16
Quartet for Diver, Crane, Grapple and Shear

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May 08, 2006 10:38
A surprise in a small package

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May 08, 2006 12:41
Unbuilding does not stop for lunch

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May 11, 2006 16:10
Sparky makes a tour of the worksites (between the rain episodes)

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May 16, 2006 8:57
The Last Grace Blast and a tribute from the C-17s and F-15s

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May 16, 2006 11:00
After the dance - cleanup time

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May 21, 2006 11:21
Unbuilding P-10 - the strategy

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May 27, 2006 4:30
Installing the Grace bearings, May 22, 1929

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June 01, 2006 10:00
A view from above by SCDOT

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June 03, 2006 17:51
Michael's 1250 at the Navy Yard

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June 04, 2006 12:51
What a change in the Cooper River landscape

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June 05, 2006 15:00
Blowing P-12

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June 05, 2006 16:10
Drilling the footing with a template - prep for P-11 blast

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June 07, 2006 12:57
Preparing to unbuild P-11: A template + drilling + skill

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June 07, 2006 15:45
Tim and Michael hammering away while Smokey is fishing

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June 19, 2006 12:05
Reviewing the past 2 years:
The changing face of the Cooper River

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June 20, 2006 19:15
Cleanup at the Navy Yard and a new player

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June 24, 2006 11:57
From SCDOT, Julie and Randi - A history of the project from above

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June 26, 2006 15:10
Our backup video team and the Navy Yard

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June 30, 2006 13:15
See Mickey's new Copco

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June 30, 2006 13:35
Marine life in the Cooper River

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July 03, 2006 20:23
Sunset over the Graceless Cooper River

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July 12, 2006 14:55
P-10 says goodbye to Charleston

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July 17, 2006 11:54
Meet the Jay Cashman (aka 995)

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July 22, 2006 10:30
Meet Billy Ward and the 995 in action

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July 24, 2006 16:08
Building the Observation Pier and unbuilding P-8 and P-9

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August 16, 2006 19:06
New boy on the block at the Navy Yard

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August 30, 2006 14:36
Final cleanup at the Navy Yard

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September 14, 2006 17:54
Unbuilding the last of the Grace structure

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September 16, 2006 9:42
Part 1: Chris, Robbie, Lewis and Carlos - Graceful acrobats @ work

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September 16, 2006 10:49
Part 2: Raising the Grace pier truss

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September 16, 2006 16:45
Part 3: Unbuilding Grace from her feet

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September 20, 2006 16:23
A new Grace foundation and Mt Pleasant work

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September 23, 2006 12:14
A little bit of building - the midsection Grace support

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October 10, 2006 9:00
Brian Dadin joins our team and Grace has a mid-span support

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October 13, 2006 17:13
From Mt. Pleasant to Charleston. Sparky provides an all around update

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October 17, 2006 15:48
The J. Cashman scooping and dumping + a bit of Chris Vocci

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October 26, 2006 11:00
An aerial survey from SCDOT

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October 30, 2006 15:56
Blasting Grace's foot prints

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November 09, 2006 17:23
Manny and Chris get well deserved extensions

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November 15, 2006 15:03
Gloom and rain can not stop unbuilding

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November 20, 2006 17:19
More Pearman truss unbuilding

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December 02, 2006 16:17
Sparky is back from Katrina-land to give us a bridge fix

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December 13, 2006 16:02
A foggy Grace worksite

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December 13, 2006 18:03
The Navy yard - cleanup and the 995

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December 15, 2006 11:41
Watch Manny and the Ironworkers unbuild a Grace section

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December 15, 2006 12:34
More unbuilidng of Grace

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December 15, 2006 13:14
Unbuilding the next section

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December 15, 2006 14:24
Carlos, Manny, Nugget and Stan - do it again Sam!

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December 15, 2006 16:39
Another face lift by Manny, Carlos and the team

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December 15, 2006 18:03
Removing the next section over the temp supports

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December 16, 2006 9:55
Nearing the end of unbuilding Grace

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December 16, 2006 12:08
A view of the Grace Skateboard ramp from above

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December 19, 2006 9:34
Unbuilding half the last superstructure

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December 19, 2006 10:18
Carlos, Lewis, Nugget, Stan, Robbie, Randi, Rick, Manny, Chris and a segment of Project Runway

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December 19, 2006 12:09
The last of Grace to come down

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December 20, 2006 14:20
Unbuilding half the Grace roadway skeleton

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December 21, 2006 10:47
Near completion of the Grace steel structures

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December 22, 2006 16:28
SCDOT's aerial survey

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January 02, 2007 14:15
Cleanup at the Port site

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January 05, 2007 16:14
Neither rain, snow, or ice can keep Jimmy Grier from an oyster roast

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January 30, 2007 16:41
Michael unbuilding the last Grace pier

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February 01, 2007 16:00
Fog wraps cousin Arthur

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February 10, 2007 12:08
Sparky takes a walk down memory lane, with Liza and Lauren

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February 13, 2007 14:12
Preparing the last Grace pier for implosion

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February 24, 2007 13:05
A quintet for 4 guys and the moon

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February 27, 2007 13:48
Cleanup and final prep for the T-2 foundation implosion

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March 02, 2007 13:37
Driling the last Grace pier

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March 09, 2007 13:55
Manny and team: fetching and toting

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March 10, 2007 9:47
Manny: lifting, positioining, lifting again, positioining again and then hammering

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March 11, 2007 10:53
More prep for the last Grace pier

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March 12, 2007 10:35
Mickey, Ken and team loading up for tomorrow's last big event

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March 13, 2007 10:15
Bringing down the last Grace pier

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March 13, 2007 14:25
Manny demonstrates the Manny push strategy.

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March 14, 2007 16:36
Fishing for debris from yesterday's implosion

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March 17, 2007 8:43
Finishing the Mt Pleasant Pier, Cleanup at the port and Mickey drilling the last Grace base

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March 20, 2007 18:42
Cleanup on the Charleston side and another Charleston Sunset

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March 21, 2007 15:25
Cleanup, Randy and Driving with Sparky

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March 26, 2007 11:06
Manny and Mickey - what a pair. Watch the last of the Copco drilling exercise

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March 27, 2007 16:00
The last Graceful Blast from Mickey, Michael, Ken and the entire unbuilding team

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March 29, 2007 16:46
The clean up after ...

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April 03, 2007 12:35
The last of Manny. What a man and what a smile - sigh

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April 10, 2007 7:42
Morning sun kisses the Graceless and Pearmanless Ravenel Bridge

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