Post by Karl Welteke on Feb 3, 2013 12:30:42 GMT 8
The latest in regards to Boats to Corregidor as of 18th Jan. 2013 per my experience:
I visited Corregidor on Monday the 14th Jan 2013 for a four nights. I used the Sun Cruises Ferry from Mariveles as advertised in the reply of the 7th Oct. 2011 in this thread. I went to the FAB HQ to buy the ticket but was told to buy it from the FAB attendee who will show up at the ferry landing at the Rouvia Port Complex before departure. I bought the one way ticket to Corregidor for 250 peso. That went fine but the gangways to the inboard boat and the Sun Cruises boat, outboard, were unsatisfactory. Sun Cruises used a smaller boat today, the Sole Cruiser, an officer told the ride this morning from Manila was somewhat rough, strong NE winds. From Mariveles to Corregidor was not too bad, but because of the size of the ferry and the rough seas they landed on the South Dock.
Per my plan I wanted to go home of Friday the 18th. Since I had parked my car in Mariveles and took the Sun Cruises ferry to Corregidor on Monday I would have liked to go back via Bataan. Coming from Olongapo that is ideal for me. On this trip, I learned, that the Sun Cruises ferry go to Mariveles via Corregidor only on Mondays. 2011 into 2012 it was Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Going back to Manila with the afternoon ferry was not ideal, since I also had to go back to Mariveles to pick up my car. So I asked Villa Carmen for a boat that cost me 3000 peso. They will not let me ride back with another tourist visitor boat and flatly told me “I have to order a separate boat”. The NE winds were strong all week but today the North Channel looked even rougher. But Villa Carmen has good boats and good crews and they showed up promptly. 3000 pesos is just a little too much for me but nothing like being home early . Here is more I learned about the boat situation. Again it is hard to get precise info from Sun Cruises or FAB over the telephone. FAB is the Freeport Area of Bataan in Mariveles. Here is a news report in regards to the ferry: www.facebook.com/notes/fab-fair-10/afab-announces-new-ferry-schedules/236728863012890
What I learned, Mondays the Corregidor Sun Cruises ferry will continue to Mariveles and in the afternoon about 1345 Hours will go back to Manila via Corregidor. On Friday another boat and maybe another company runs a ferry from Manila direct to Mariveles and back in the afternoon, direct (not via Corregidor)!
Here is a related story. On Corregidor someone operates a big boat, a 45 passenger capacity boat, which is really a good deal if one has a large party to visit the island. But now the Coast Guard enforces a law that that size of boat needs a properly licensed boat skipper (elaborate to achieve). So, for right now, that boat service is not available right now.
I have a bad and a nice story in regards to this 45 seat boat. About 1 ½ year ago when the Sun Cruises boat schedule was still the 3 days MWF, I arrived Monday and wanted to leave on Friday. But with my luck the Sun Cruises cancelled the ferry on-ride to Mariveles so I was stuck on Corregidor. There was nothing Sun Cruises was able or willing to for me and I even had a round ticket. They didn’t even say they are sorry. But here arrived that 45 seat boat from Bataan, with German tourists no less. I asked the boat management and the German passengers whether I could catch a ride back with them after their tour. Both parties were willing. CFI even let me be the Corregidor tour guide to these German passengers. That was enjoyable, since I’m an ex German and still a German native speaker.
raycoinhound: I sugest all members read this one!!!Fowlerville news and views 11/08/20 page 15.. The article shows Andy age 99 My mother Jackie age 95 and me in the middle age 68> . Andy saw all the paratroopers jump off his distroyer which shelled Corregdor in Feb 1945
Apr 20, 2021 12:06:19 GMT 8
raycoinhound: all members you better read this one.Fowlerville news & Views 11/08/20pg 15. Andy saw the 503 jump into battle on Corregidor. His Distroyer shelled the island and as soon as they stopped down came the 503rd!Andy is 99, my mother 95 and me 68.I take him out
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raven316: Which tin can, my dad was on the USS Crosby, APD 17
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JoAlberto: These are good reads. I am a young girl from Phils very much enthused with Corregidor and its history pre and post war.
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Barbara: My uncle was Spencer Bever, Al and him started this adventure together here in Columbus Ohio...would love to get more direct info about them..thanks...
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Paul Whitman: Barbara - The story of Spencer Bever is told by survivor Al McGrew, his closest friend. They book "Amid Th' Encircling Gloom - Corregidor and Survival" follows their times together until they were split when Al was sent to Japan.
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Paul Whitman: Presently, I am re-working the book for re-release in a large format presentation book. There are 217 mentions of Spence in it. and his drawings.
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