Author Topic: Fort Drum: America's Concrete Battleship in the Philippines (El Fraile Island)  (Read 6700 times)

Ayoshi

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El Fraile Island, also known as Fort Drum, is a "concrete battleship" that the Americans built in 1909. On a little islet of rocks, a concrete structure 350 feet long and 144 feet wide was built. The 40-foot high, 30-foot thick walls were fortified and ready for all sorts of naval attacks.
 
This unique structure, resembling a battleship and complete with armored turrets, is the only one of its kind in the world. Heavily armed with some of the biggest cannons and guns at the time, Fort Drum was the most powerful of the American coastal defenses in the Philippines.

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During the Japanese invasion of the Philippines, Fort Drum was able to inflict heavy casualties at the forces invading Corregidor, despite undergoing heavy shelling from Japanese howitzers in nearby Ternate, Cavite.
 
After the fall of Corregidor, Fort Drum surrendered to the Japanese, marking the end of American resistance in the Philippines.
 
In 1945, during the US offensive in Manila, American troops pumped fuel into Fort Drum and ignited it, killing all the Japanese soldiers inside and laying the once-great structure to ruins.



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This ones a good read with clear pictures, videos and 3D rendered images.

Fort Drum: America's Legendary Concrete Battleship in the Philippines

https://www.elitereaders.com/fort-drum-concrete-battleship/


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Good site with historic pictures of Fort Drum.  There are also pictures taken from visits to the fort done in the early and mid 2000s.  Unfortunately, the site owner passed away years ago, and it hasn't really been updated since.

http://concretebattleship.org/


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Here is a photo slideshow in the concretebattleship.org page.  The pictures were taken by a Coast Defense Study Group expedition to the fort in 2009.  Good pictures of the interior of the fort.

Keep these in mind whenever someone in the FB honeypot posts a suggestion that the fort be refurbished for modern defense purposes.

http://concretebattleship.org/Slideshow/moffitt/moffitt.htm

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Well, IMO, there is nothing wrong for people to suggest innovative  thinking, do remember that way back then, a man in the moon was deemed impossible, and yet , future plans now involves man setting foot on Mars.

The kind of technology that we have today were deemed impossible in the past, and look were we are today. 

Let them make those suggestions no matter how ridiculous it may become, since we will never know when will it becomes a reality.