For Sparky and myself, curiosity drives passion which in turn fuels our life's engine. Our passion was capturing the story of both unbuilding the Grace (1929 - 2007) and Pearman (1966 - 2007) Bridges and discovering the unbuilders. It takes a lot of passion to track a project from July 2005 until April 2007 - rain, shine, hurricanes or moving to Singapore. We discovered the joy of discovery learning. Ken Canty opened the front door for us - then Steve Testa, Ponch Billingsley and Mickey Rogers opened many side doors. Below are the highlights of what we discovered, who we met and what we learned.
And a reminder from T.S. Eliot (East Coker from the Four Quartets)
Home is where one starts from. As we grow older The world becomes stranger, the pattern more complicated Of dead and living. Not the intense moment Isolated, with no before and after, But a lifetime burning in every moment And not the lifetime of one man only But of old stones that cannot be deciphered.
Today the Demolition Dynamics acrobats were planting charges for tomorrow's blast. Here is the Grace worksite - barge, Chris and his crane and the iron worker acrobats
Another view of the worksite
And doing the fetching and toting is Chris
and his crane
and looking up the boom at the Chris-o-vator - lifting the team and material into place.
and the cab of the Chris-o-vator
Getting to the job
It all starts with a cut into the girder. The explosives will be placed and wrapped with a sheet of kevlar and then - wrapped with sections of a conveyor belt. Conveyor belts have both a rubber surface as well as embedded steel mesh and this will help contain the lateral movement of debris.
Preparing the charge
then wrapping it with a sheet of kevlar
terminating the kevlar's waving-like-a-flag
and finishing the wrapping
Here is shown the wrapped bundle with the conveyor belt shield
The charge with the shield in place
Charge planting finished
A stack of conveyor belt segments ready for use
Several of the charges
A planted charge - note the fuse lines above
Tieing a charge into the fusing lines
another view of the fuse line
David and Oscar and ??? - in the Chris-o-vator
Tieing in the charges
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C. Frank Starmer