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.
The worksite - the Grace pier tooth cleaning done by Michael
Where T-1 and T-2 used to be
What remains of T-2 foundation
Cleaning up around T-1
Carlos, Robbie and ? in their basket doing what ironworker acrobats do best
Carlos and Robbie
A good view of the Ravenel, Carlos and team
Michael's tooth job - smooth as ...
Another view, hamming it up a bit
Kevin and his cleaner-upper
A view of the worksite and the port
Breaking up the T-1 foundation
Kevin cleaning up
and a view of the worksite - clean-up and Grace pier prep
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C. Frank Starmer