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 8, 2006:
Michael, P-3 and his 1250

Sparky found Michael at it again with his 1250. After only 2 weeks, P-3 is yielding to his surgical skill - avoiding the trauma of the T-3 experience. Here is the worksite from the Sea Breeze Marina

and his 1250 in the sleeping position

This is for Joshua - see your dad's head in the cab? No stiff neck today

and the end is near. The less rebar and a hollow center have facilitated unbuilding P-3.

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C. Frank Starmer