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.
But there were also some hidden surprises this week from the Hebb family. Tina related young Josuha's adventures with locating in absentia in the dictionary and young Joshua reminded me that his dad, Michael, is a very wise man and has conveyed to Joshua - if you are going to do something, then give it your best. Wonderful advice from a 11 year old.
So here is today's story.
A closer view of the drilling work
Then on the Grace worksite - here is what Pio, Richie, Jackie, Roy, Sunny, Speedy and others that I forgot left after removing the roadway. Our favoriate ironworkers huddling before they start their cutting
Cutting on the south side
From a lower angle
Cutting on the north side
Looks like each has mounted a girder for some serious something
Watch them lift and rotate the roadway girders. (320x240 2 Mb mpeg). Here it is over the barge
Placed on the primary crane barge, the section is inspected before transferring to the "up the river" barge for disassembly at the Navy yard.
Scott checking something
then moving it to the barge (2 Mb video).
and lowering it.
Next - to remove the supporting piers - some serious buring.
A closer look
Starting the cut (my guess)
About half way to completion (my guess)
while the crane operator (?) holds the structure in place
A nice view of our iron workers at each footing - cutting away like there is no tomorrow
I never tire of the fireworks
The final cut before lifting
Separation as the pier is lifted
Lifting the pier ( 2 Mb mpg video) and rotating it
and gently lowering it
and putting it into the prone (sleeping) position
A good view of the catch of the day - roadway sections and piers
The roadway support girders sleeping on the barge and ready to travel up the river
See you later
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C. Frank Starmer