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.

March 14, 2007: Fishing for debris: cleaning up the pieces from yesterday

Today was clean-up. Randy and the 1250 were fishing, catching, rotating and releasing all day long - cleaning up the river bottom of debris from yesterday's implosion. The worksite


Carlos and Robbie - 2 kings of the mountain


The acrobat team


Pulling a spud to move the barge


The 1250 with Randy driving


Then the cleanup procedure: Fishing




and releasing


Piece of cake - another iteration: Fishing. Click to watch the deep reach 1250 in action




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