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.

May 27, 2006: Grace 77 years ago

The Charleston Library has a couple of wonderful photos of placing the bearings on the Grace piers - and Julie Hussey passed them on to me with a request. Does anyone have photos of these bearings after this weeks blast? If yes, would you like to share them with our web audience? You can email them to me (address is under the above photo) or Sparky or Julie at SCDOT.

Sparky found the bearings at the Navy Yard - and here are a few photos:

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C. Frank Starmer