Unbuilding the Grace and Pearman Bridges

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.

Mar 20, 2007: Cleanup, Drilling and Sunset

The port worksite - actually probably closer to the Seabreeze Marina


The Grace worksite - the last pier foundation, Mickey's Copco and Manny's crane


Cleanup looking west


Cleanup looking east


Shock absorbing blankets


Another view of the worksite


Today, I don't know why, but this is Wade Watson's Bridge


and Manny's crane


and Mickey's Copco - set up for vertical drilling


Then the sun began to say bye bye


More of the sunset


From Mt. Pleasant - a quiet sunset


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C. Frank Starmer