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.
Sparky made a visit to the two remaing worksites - the Mt. Pleasant Pier and the Port. Here is the almost completed Mt. Pleasant Pier
and the worksite
Then driving over the Ravenel Bridge - to visit the port
This makes me a bit homesick - Freyssinet and their stay cables
and more homesick
The port worksite
Mickey's team is already working - the Copco in place for drilling the Grace foundation
The Grace pier leftovers
Randy fetching and toting debris
A good view of the port worksite
Randy fishing for debris
Sparky art - a very nice reflection of Manny's crane
And a pile of Grace debris
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C. Frank Starmer