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.
When last seen, Sparky was surveying the Mt. Pleasant side of the Grace Bridge - and all that remains is the traffic barrier with a faint outline of SW
The Grace worksite
and the Coleman recycling center - not much there at all
At the Navy yard, there are Pearman fragments, I assume from the cantilever section dropped last week
And in for a neck operation is Michael's 1250 being pushed by Pat
The working tug - the Captain Gary
and Pat, of course
The 1250 in the resting position.
Why the neck procedure. Michael has unbuilt enough of P-3 that the neck of the 1250 is too long (i.e. high reach is no longer necessary - just ordinary reach) - so the 1250 is in for a neck reduction - to remove a vertabra or two - so that the boom is better matched to the height of P-3
Here is the 1250 at the Navy yard dock
Meanwhile back at the port, to cats guard the site
Looking to the right - P3 and the Ravenel Bridge
and to the left, Drum Island in its almost finished state
A closer look at Michael's progress in unbuilding P-3
and more sections of the Pearman cantilever section blast from last week - ready for transport
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C. Frank Starmer