Thursday, October 29, 2009

South Coast of Bataan, Corregidor and the North and South Channel of Manila Bay.

The capital of Bataan is Balanga City and is bordered by the provinces of Zambales and Pampanga to the north. The peninsula faces South China Sea to the west and Subic Bay to the north-west, and encloses Manila Bay to the east.

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Corregidor is an island in the entrance of the Philippines' Manila Bay. Due to its position in the bay, it has served as a focal point for the naval defenses of the capital city of Manila. During World War II, Corregidor was the site of several battles and its fall to the Japanese forces was instrumental in the subsequent capture of the Philippines and the retreat of the United States in the early stages of the war. Currently, it is an important historic and tourist site and is managed under the jurisdiction of Cavite City.

View of the north coast of Corregidor where a small wharf for tourist boat is located.

Leaving Manila Bay via South Channel - on south-bound route.

You can see Caballo island on the starboard bow.

Fort Drum (El Fraile Island), also known as the “concrete battleship,” is a heavily fortified island fortress situated at the mouth of Manila Bay in the Philippines, due south of Corregidor Island.

El Fraile Island as seen from Ternate, Cavite by a member of

Originally a barren rock island, it was leveled by U.S. Army engineers between 1910 and 1914 and then built up with thick layers of steel-reinforced concrete into a massive structure roughly resembling a concrete ship. The fort was topped with a pair of armored steel gun turrets, each mounting two 14 inch guns. Searchlights, anti-aircraft batteries, and a fire direction tower were also mounted on its upper surface. The 25- to 36-foot thick fortress walls protected extensive ammunition magazines, machine spaces, and living quarters for the 200-man garrison.

World War II
After the outbreak of war in the Pacific on December 7, 1941 Fort Drum withstood heavy Japanese air and land bombardment as it supported U.S. and Filipino defenders on Bataan and Corregidor. Fort Drum surrendered to Japanese forces following the fall of Corregidor Island on May 6, 1942 and was subsequently occupied by Japanese forces. The ruins of Fort Drum, including its disabled turrets and 14 inch guns, remain at the mouth of Manila Bay.

El Fraile Island formerly Fort Drum.

El Fraile Island formerly Fort Drum.

El Fraile Island formerly Fort Drum - After constructions.

Island formerly Fort Drum - Before construction.

Videos of Mariveles Bataan :

Corregidor Island Videos :

Please see also on the below web sites links, the photos from the sea of Japanese ports and Philippine ports during my sea voyages.

View of Batanes Islands from the Sea

Photos of Subic Bay and Approaches

Keppel Batangas Shipyard at Barangay Bulo, Bauan Batangas

Photos of Anilao Beach in Mabini Batangas

Harbor View of Cebu City

Sky Adventure in Cebu City's Crown Regency Tower and Hotel

View of the Del Monte wharf at Bugo, Cagayan de Oro City.

Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village, Cagayan de Oro City

White Water Rafting in Cagayan de Oro

Images of Sunrise and Sunset at sea.

Images of my voyages to Japan.

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