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.
Timmy in the final stages of unbuilding P-9
a closer look
Mickey's new Copco drilling C-2 (who is drilling?)
From above. The small red cups in the tops of the holes prevent the frequent rains from filling up the holes with water. You'll remember the "old faithful" fountain effect when the water has to be blown out
The 995 and fishing for debris with Joe Rye
And Mickey's taxi with Mickey working on tanning his head - even from Singapore, I can tell he is making progress
Meet the 995
and the back of Joe Rye's head.
The screen on the left gives him a sonar view of the underwater surface while the screen on the right provides a profile of the boom and shovel location
The bucket - and note that the physical configuration is paralleled by the video presentation above
On the way back to the port, are the Grace and Pearman skeletons
and another look at Cousin Arthur
Meanwhile at the Navy Yard
Michael and Robbie in deep discussion
Moving and chewing pieces
and a photo of Joshua's dad - inside
Robbie, Michael and Richard (right to left)
and a bit of US pride!
A mouth full of rebar
Clash of the Titans
Unloading a barge of Pearman debris - and to the left, doing a little neck reduction on Michael's 1250.
Lift from the barge
and drop - just like Billy does it at eh Coleman recycle center
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C. Frank Starmer