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.
from the side
Here is the Ravenel bridge and Grace / Pearman worksite
I think this is Carlos Perez of flag planting fame (after the great Mammoet lowered the Grace main span), cutting a section of the recently harvested Pearman
from different approaches
Meanwhile, this looks like Nugget - high on his trapeze
While over at the east Grace worksite, just fishing for underwater sections of Grace
At the west Grace worksite, this looks like Oscar and one of his team in the elevator
and to the left - unbuilding the Pearman continues with Nugget and his fellow acrobats on top and Carlos below
Getting ready to lift a section of the Pearman
Lifting it up
and lowering it
on to the waiting barge below
Here is a two burner unbuild
Now the crossbeam is free
Is Richard driving the crane?
More cutting on the Pearman
until the L is free
and lower to the barge
Michael's shiney new machine
And on the barge, Carlos is busy unbuilding harvested pieces of the Pearman
And here is Mickey's team, drilling a substructure with the John Henry
and home by Sharon's water taxi
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C. Frank Starmer