Building the Ravenel Bridge

After all the photos I took, I've tried to arrange them in some order based on various topics I found interesting.

And a reminder from T.S. Eliot (East Coker from the Four Quartets)

Old men ought to be explorers
Here and there does not matter
We must be still and still moving
Into another intensity
For a further union, a deeper communion

Dinosaurs never die - they just migrate from project to project

Someone told me that the 4 deck cranes were literal antiques - over 100 years old. Though I have not been able to confirm this - it seems that they are rather easy to assemble and disassemble and thus good candidates for migrating from one construction project to another. If they are antiques, then I am certain that they have some wonderful stories to tell.

And after all is said and done, its disassembly and clean-up time. The deck cranes were aptly named dinosaurs by Philip Cotter, one of the gifted iron workers on the project - complete with teeth. Philip wanted all to know his dinosaur and painted this name on the girder. Here are views of the last dinosaur standing on November 4, 2004 and Janurary 28, 2005

and from the Pearman bridge on January 8, 2005

and the name plate (January 28) painted by Philip, an iron worker with a humorous and artistic talent.

and the disassembly

Here, not only is Freyssinet cleaning up but you can clearly see the "Last Dinosaur Standing" and teeth

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C. Frank Starmer