Cavite: Battery Hearn Ruins

Found in the island of Corregidor in the province of Cavite, Battery Hearn is a 12- inch Seacost west-ranged gun, which is also the longest gun in the island. It served as part of the Harbor Defenses of Manila and Subic Bays.
Battery Hearn
The route to Battery Hearn
Formerly known as Smith No. 2 after the Smith Brothers, the manufacturers of a formerly popular brand of cough drops during those days. The battery was later renamed under General Orders No. 11 in honor of the late Brigadier Clint C. Hearn.
A replacement barrel (also a replacement bed)
Battery Hearn was made famous by the Japanese Banzai Victory photograph. 
Believe it or not the gun is longer that the tramvia
The guns were constructed in September 1918 and was completed on June 1921. The cost of the construction was  $148,105.32 which is equivalent to 2 millions dollars in today's money.
FYI this gun is aimed at the province of Bataan
Battery Hearn was used for bombing Japanese positions in the island of Cavite and Bataan. After the fall of Corregidor, the Japanese used American POWs to repair the gun and put them back into action. The gun however, received a near hit from American aerial bombardment in January 1945 which completely silenced it.
Meet the biggest gun in Corregidor
NHI Marker
You can now go inside the ammo storage facility ruins

Battery Hearn in action
The famous Banzai Photograph
Today the island of Corregidor, its guns and ruins are considered as a national park.

Getting there:


Unless you hire a yacht (which is very expensive) or go to Bataan and rent a fishing boat to bring you to the island (which is tiring if you're from Manila), there is no other way to get to the island but through Sun Cruises.

Sun Cruises dominated, or let me say captured the tourism market for Corregidor. The good thing about it is that they have daily trips to the island.

CCP Terminal A, CCP Complex
Roxas Boulevard, Manila
(02) 8318140, (02) 8346857, and (02) 8346858

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