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.
Work continues on the Pearman - working over the Cooper River. Here is the transition from the Drum Island supports to the Cooper River supports.
And a view of the Ravenel Bridge and the main span approach of the Cooper River segment of the Pearman Bridge
Looking back at the super structure pin region
And Testa working away at removing the roadway over the Cooper River
I thought it would be interesting to get another look at the Pearman skeleton from below
and surprise - I caught Michael Hebb working away at lunch
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C. Frank Starmer