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.
Early morning - and the trip out to D-24.
Toby - always smiling and always helpful - taking us to the D-24 worksite
But passing the jack-up barge - I cannot resist
Looking head on - note the cross-beam. Later, this afternoon it will be absent (see below)
Just so you won't forget - the crossbeam
and someone hammering away at it
Early morning view of the Ravenel Bridge - golden sun
Oops - need to return to the other side of Drum Island - and another look at the cantilever section of the pearman
Just before the D-24 implosion, the jackup barge was lowered:
After D-24 implosion, the jackup barge was back in its elevated position, and removing more of the Pearman cantilever support
Since this morning - the cross-member has been eaten
Another look - with Jim Grier's group in the background (on Drum Island) displaying another clash of the titans
Meanwhile, our iron workers are burning the Pearman cantilever section and lowering it piece by piece
Cutting one of the floor girders
Here are our acrobats after the cross girder was removed
Just sort of chillin'
and a last look at the jackup barge and missing cross-member
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C. Frank Starmer