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 about 8am this morning. Chris and his 7550, Jack hammering away at a Pearman support and Bob, not feeling too well. If anyone knows a sure cure for lower back disc problems - holler (seriously)
Walking under the Pearman ramp - here is a view of Jack (foreground) and Michael (in the backgroud) both reducing the supports down to the red marks. This will for the foundatino of the Mt. Pleasant observation pier
A view of Jack hammering away on the right side of the pier cap
And Michael, doing the same about 4 or 5 piers out into the river
Another view of both Jack, Michael and Chris (in his heated 7550 cab)
Looking under the Pearman ramp
Here is a view of Jack from above
and Chris and his 7550
Time for a coffee break - with the hammer in the rest position.
Here is a photo of Bob, Chris, Jack and Michael - can you find them?
Turns out that Jack and Mike are synchronized - coffee on the barge.
You can tell its Michael because he wears an orange Testa jacket - just like everyone else.
Another view of Michael's orange jacket and reddish pfd
waiting for the little Testa tug that could - to reposition the barge
Repositioning is sometimes a slow process - but with Testa, slow and steady wins the race.
A nice view of the Pearman Cooper River span
After visiting Pio, Richie, Steve and Roy - Jackie is back hammering away
And no visit to the worksite is complete without looking at the Coleman Blvd. recycling center. Here you can see the bundle of extracted rebar (near the center) as well as concrete roadway segments awaiting transplantation.
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C. Frank Starmer