Cavite: Battery Way Ruins

Found in the island of Corregidor in the province of Cavite, Battery Way is a battery of four 12-inch mortars that served as part of the Harbor Defense of Manila and Subic Bays.
Battery Way
Named after Lt. Henry N. Way of the 4th U.S. Artillery. Battery Way was part of the fortifications program initiated by the Taft Board. The battery was constructed sometime between 1908 and 1914. The construction cost of was $112,969. Battery Way's four 12-inch mortars were designed to fire high trajectory armor-piercing shells to any warships threatening Manila Bay at a distance of 14,610 yards. 
Had my souvenir shot with one of the mortars
However, Battery Way had a very limited role in the defense of the Philippines during World War II. The first time the mortars were fired was on April 28, 1942 towards the Japanese positions in Bataan. Being exposed to air reconnaissance marked the end of Battery Way. Continued bombardment and air attack reduced the battery's usable guns. On May 6, 1942, the last of the mortars froze tight after firing continuously for 12 hours. Battery Way was one of the last guns to cease firing before the fall of Corregidor. 
Two of the guns of Battery Way
The guns as seen from a distance
This is where they store the ammunition
One of the doors hit by fragments due to a near hit.
Ammo storage
The Japanese tried to repair the battery after the fall of Corregidor in 1942. The guns however, were permanently damaged during the retaking of Corregidor in 1945. 

Check out these Prewar photos:

Today the island of Corregidor, its guns, and ruins are under the care of Corregidor Foundation Incorporated.  

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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