Changing the face of Charleston : The unbuilding of the Grace and Pearman Bridges
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February 2, 2006: The Pearman pier an tenacity of purpose

Problem solving requires persistence - and as Charlie Brown would say, "tenacity of purpose". Nothing demonstrates this more than the Pearman pier on the edge of Drum Island that supported the cantilever section. As we left for unbuilding D-24, the sun was saying hello and we were passing the port truss supports - yet to test tenacity of purpose

Looking left, at exactly 7:25:59 we started coming around the Grace truss and the stubborn Pearman pier

At 7:35:06 (after dropping off some of the guys on Drum Island), the stubborn pier

7:35:17 with the hammer working away on the left column

7:35:38 - hammering in full swing

7:36:01 - a display of tenacity of purpose

11:51:51 We are on our way back from loading and imploding D-24

11:52:50 The left column is no more

11:53:15 Compare the left column here with the 7:35:17 image. This is tenacity of purpose.

The year (sort of) in review:

December 12, 2005: in pristine form

January 1, 2006:

January 7, 2006:

January 21 2006:

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