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.

September 14, 2006
Unbuilding the Grace truss at the Sea Breeze

The worksite: The Grace truss adjacent to the Sea Breeze Marina and the Pearman truss, keeping Grace happy

Sonny and Chris Vocci's highrise lifting machine (aka Grove ????)

Chris inside his high rise lifting machine

Sonny (right) and Carlos (left)

The Grace Cantilever section

Looking from beneath the unbuilt section

As seen from the marina

Look where Sonny and Carlos cut the girders

An unbuilt secion of the Grace truss

The adjacent to-be-unbuilt section

Chris moving into the lifting position

Side girder from earlier unbuilding

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C. Frank Starmer