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.
Today Sparky caught Chris and Manny and their cranes with Carlos, Nugget and Stan in the air while Troy is working on the ground. Here is the worksite and the project - add legs to the 2nd Pearman support
Here is the aerial configuration - Carlos, Nugget and Stan
You can tell it is Nugget - just look at his chin
Nugget signaling Manny and his red-crane-that-can
The base of one of the supports
Here is the other base - a virgin base that will com into action later today
Here they are - Stan, Carlos and Nugget - we've missed them and they have brought back their smiles and energy.
Are these guys acrobats, ironworkers are clowns?? - Whatever, they bring a bit of fun to the job
Here is Stan and his welding cap in the up position while Manny holds the triple support tube array in place.
The completed Grace support
Here is our team - Carlos handing the torch while Stan is manhandling the angle iron and Nugget is whispering encouraging words from above. Click to watch this dynamic trio do their thing
Stan is pleased with the final location of the angle iron brace
Welding the base of the bracket
Welding the top of the bracket
Stan is pretty good at this
Here you see Manny stabilizing the left side of the support and the legless right side
The brace and the cables attached to Manny's crane
Here is Nugget placing another part of the suppport
and Carlos, with a little encouragement from his hammer
Nugget, standing TALL
with Stan welding another part of the brace
Here is a view from the end of the pier - Manny's crane to the left and the man basket to the right.
Meanwhile, Troy is building another set of legs
Cleaning a weld
while above - Nugget is continuing with Stan and Carlos
Another view of our dynamic trio
Here is Stan
Now Chris and his 7550 are erecting the other triple leg
Another view of the left leg being positioned
Here is Stan in his elevator
Positioning the other set of legs
and its footing
Finally - Chris
Clowns, acrobats or ironworkers - we love 'em.
The footing with Chris in the background
A drill for drilling the holes coupling the legs to the foundation
and now - both legs
as the sun says goodbye
Time to call it a day
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C. Frank Starmer