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.
A different view with the Oxy tanks in the middle
Manny lowering the cable to pick up the lift bar
The lift bar
and positioning it
Nugget starting the cut for the hole for attaching the lift bar cables
and Carlos getting into position
the hole for attaching the lift cable
Cables attached and Manny stabilizing the section
Nugget starts his base cut
and Stan (I think) starting a cut on the opposite side
Carlos on top, Stan and Nugget on the base over the temp supports
Everything ready for the final cuts. Click for a video of cutting and removal
Cutting the near side
and starting the far side cut
continuning the cut
Now cutting the inside cross support
and its Christmas tree lights
A special gift to Charleston's Christmas lights
Completing the far side and near side cuts
Nugget appears to be completing the cut on the near side
While Carlos completes the far side
Then the cross brace cuts
while Carlos completes the far side cut
and Manny starts the playtex lift and separate protocol.
and a little rotation and on the way down
down with a nice view of the Ravenel Bridge in the background
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C. Frank Starmer