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.
Off to work at 7:20
and the Chris-o-vator is already at work fetching and toting stuff around the Grace. Here the stuff is a couple of members of the Demolition Dynamics team. Note the charges in place as highlighted by the kevlar wrappers.
Sometimes in the shipping channel, things get a bit tight.
at the sametime - retrieval of Pearman sections and the Jackup barge ready to resume positioning Mickey's guys for drilling C-2
Its 8:10 and more close quarters
A nice view of the East Pearman and Grace Structures
Today's target - the truss spanning P-11 to P-13 with the Yorktown in the background
and our ace photographer, Sparky - set up on the barge
The ignition sequence (from individual video frames)
Time = 0.0 sec 0.033 sec
Note ignition starting from the left - Mt. Pleasant side)
Time = 0.067 sec 0.100 sec
Time = 0.133 sec 0.167 sec
Time = 0.200 sec 0.233 sec
Time = 0.267 sec 0.300 sec
Time = 0.333 sec 0.367 sec
Time = 0.400 sec 0.433 sec
Time = 0.467 sec 0.500 sec
09:59:37.0 according to the EXIF data in Sparky's photos
After the blast - a view the the results - sort of a tangle around P-12
The half submerged Grace truss between P-11 and P-12
Stan - just taking it all in
Looking from where P-11 used to be
Another view of the section that used to span P-11 to P-12
I don't know how this happened - but here is Nugget, iron worker, like Lewis - aiming a crew boat. And Sonny with a big grin!
And nothing is complete without a view of P-3 - ready for continued unbuiding by Michael. (Happy Easter Tina, Stephanie, Samantha and Joshua - enjoy your family weekend!)
From the Mt Pleasant side - Nice view
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C. Frank Starmer