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 995 is a mega scooper-upper, or I suppose in technical terms, a mega grapple. We first met the 995 on June 20. Then when C-2 was dropped, Mike Grice asked how one cleans up after Mickey. Here is more of the 995 story from Sparky.
You would not believe the Excavator! They put a new engine in and it cost $ 1,000,000.00. It makes a lot of noise and is very powerful! They are rebuilding the old engine at the tune of $ 600,000.00. They just finished installing the grappler and all the lines and by the weekend or next week it will be in full operation. They will have someone that was running before come down and take control of it.
Meet the 995's mouth
and neck extension
Is this the fuel injection system?
Exhaust and fuel lines?
Sparky at the controls
Mufflers and exhaust
This is the array of tubes that pass the hydraulic fluid from somewhere to the grapple and neck. Thus spake Sparky !
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C. Frank Starmer