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.
Meanwhile on the Mt Pleasant side a story of legacies: - Here is the worksite: Cousin Arthur watching the unbuilding of Grace and the Pearman
A section of the Grace support
Pio's legacy - how much sidewalk does Joe Duffy think Pio and his team made?
Manny's legacy - look at all the missing supports
Derek and Mammoet's legacy - no main span
Meanwhile out at the Navy repair center - Chucky and our ironworkers are busy unbuilding the crane's boom
Pulling a pin is sort of like pulling a tooth -requires a bit of encouragement
Which Chris in the driver's seat - Steve DeMello has some competition for the #8 and #3 car
Sparky at his best - this time, inside the crane's boom
The section to be replaced
with a bit of encouragement, of course
Separation of the sections
the new section
Positioning the new section
Almost aligned to the encouragement position
Insert the pin
Then encouraging the bottom pin
Meanwhile - Jerome doing a double jaw procedure
in his shop
with a bit of encouragement (a universal concept in the unbuilding trade)
And back at Michael's headache - his high reach encourager unbuilding P-3
Note the position of Michael's cab just to the right of the middle spud. Even at this angle - a bit of neck action is required. What he needs is one of those astronaut reclining seats so that he can immediately visualize that is happening at the top of the pier. Maybe even a zero G environment would help. Can you image a 12 hour shift of looking 130 ft. up without getting a stiff neck. Time to get NASA involved in our unbuilding project and send Michael to Bob McCabe's therapist
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C. Frank Starmer