Battery Way Ruins - Cavite

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 Bay and Subic Bay.

Battery Way Ruins

Battery Way Ruins History

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 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. 

Battery Way - Corregidor Island, Cavite

The Backpack Adventures visits Battery Way Ruins

However, Battery Way had a minimal 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 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

Battery Way Ammunition Storage tunnels

One of the doors hit by fragments due to a near hit.

Inside Battery Way 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 Battery Way Prewar photos:

Pre-war photo of Battery Way

Battery Way lay in ruins after the war.

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

Battery Way Ruins Admission Fee:

It's FREE to enter and visit Battery Way Ruins vicinity. It's part of your Corregidor tranvia tour if you visit Cavite.

Battery Way Ruins Operating Hours:

Battery Way Ruins and its vicinity is open 24/7. However, it is advisable to visit it during the mornings as the area is not well lit and wild snakes are seen in and around the vicinity of Battery Way Ruins particularly the Ammo Storage ruins.

Why visit Battery Way Ruins?

Battery Way Ruins is one of the historic sites to visit in Corregidor Island. It's one that you can actually touch. Make sure to take a photo here when you visit and also check out the ammunition storage tunnels.

Getting to Battery Way Ruins:

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.

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Tel. (632) 354-7005, (632) 6289751 and (632) 6289752 Mobile (63)998 968-3256, (63)998 968-3056 


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