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.
I missed the dropping of the Pearman truss and found the recovery process more to my speed of adaptation. To capture some of the dynamics, I made a composite video from photos demonstrating the overall retrieval process (12 Mb mpeg video). Shown here is an overview as seen from the Sea Breeze Marina - where you can see both Pearman supports and the gap where the truss used to live.
the east cantilevered segment
and the west cantilevered segment
What remains is mostly scrap pieces - shears doing their thing
These next photos show raising one of the last segments (barely visible here)
Using the shear to assist the lifting process
and resting on the barge
Now the shear takes over and startes removing segments - start
Then on my side (west) - start
then laying the skeleton down into the eating position
where the shear chews away
and chews until the plate is clean
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License.
C. Frank Starmer