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.

April 3, 2007: The last of the last

This is about the last of the last of the cleanup. And in many ways, a sad time for Sparky and myself

A couple of views of the worksite


The last of the concrete pieces from the Grace base implosion


Looking back - the lone Pearman pier and a mostly cleared area


Packing the gravel maker


The last of the gravel


The last of the rebar


The last barge


The last of the loose ends


The last flag


The last pickup-rotate-dump


The last dump


the last of the concrete fragments


The last of Manny


and the last lift


Sparky has discovered some new tricks and here are a couple of images he has treated

Drum Island and the Ravenel Bridge, with the Grace and Pearman Bridges


Preparing for lowering the Pearman mainspan - Feb 17, 2006


The night before lowing the Pearman mainspan, Feb 21, 2006


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C. Frank Starmer