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.
Last Wednesday, Mickey's ABS team felled T-4, the last Pearman cantilever support. Today, the weather was perfect for a bicycle ride so these photos are from the Ravenel bicycle path. As you can see - there is almost nothing left of T-4. In the background are the remaining cantilever segments of the Grace (Port and Drum Island segments) and the Pearman Port segment.
A lonely excavator (operated by Leon - as described above) doing the cleanup.
A closer view of Leon and the T-4 root
In the background several cranes are being positions to continue disassembly of the Grace cantilever sections
This is simply a wider shot of the same worksite - with the Ravenel approaches in the distance
Later when I returned, our lone cleaner-upper was using his hammer to break down the T-4 foundation (Ponce, see above - said that someone was working with Leon - so next, I'll find out how this is)
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C. Frank Starmer