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.

August 12, 2006: More unbuilding in Singapore

Here it is Friday morning about 8am and the guys are just starting

The left side - down a floor or 2 since my last look

The middle region - grapple cleaning up on the right, hammer breaking the floor on the left

The Jackie's grapple

and Michael's hammer

Now its Saturday about 8am

Hammer and grapple at the ready

Jackie's grapple

Michael's hammer

Now its about 10am - the worksite

Time for a plan

a small discussion

The right side

Hammer and Grapple - in deep discussion

and a bit of repair

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C. Frank Starmer