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.

June 30, 2006: Sparky and Mickey and Ken. Gone is the C-4 Substructure

The worksite - Cousin Arthur watching over P-8

Our reference photo with pier labels

Another view of the Grace and Pearman worksites - P-9 in the foreground and P-8 in the background

Yet another view

C-2 and P-8 silently watching

Michael's 1250 saying a final prayer

Mickey's John Henry - saying a final prayer on the C-3 foundation

C-4 substructure ready to blow


2:58:21 Ignition

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2:58:22 Liftoff









And back home

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