Armed with four 12-inch mortars on a 360-degree rotating platform; Battery Hearn is the longest gun on the Island of Corregidor. The massive gun can fire a 454.5-kilogram shell to a range of 27 kilometers. The gun’s only drawback is it’s 35-degree firing elevation, leaving it with a very flat trajectory. It was named after Brigadier General Clint C. Hearn.
To fully appreciate this gun’s firepower, let’s stop with the military jargon and have it on laymen’s term. Its mortar, or bullet if you must, is as thick as a basketball and its reach, if the gun was placed in Manila, can go as far as Bacoor, Cavite.
Corregidor’s Battery Way looked like a pistol in comparison.
Battery Hearn, along with its twin, Battery Smith were the last major artilleries built on the island before the Washington Naval Treaty which prohibits further expansion or fortification of naval bases in small island territories was signed in 1922. The batteries was assembled at a whopping cost of $148,105.00.
The gun was captured intact by the Japanese during the island’s occupation and was used as a propaganda material proclaiming Japan’s victory over Corregidor.
Corregidor Sun Cruises Tour
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Day Tour (round trip ferry with buffet lunch) | P1,999.00 per person
Overnight Package (roundtrip ferry, 1 buffet lunch, 1 night stay at Corregidor Inn) | P2,880.00 per person
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