USMC Artillery Pieces on Kalaklan Ridge 1909

Ze744. U.S.M.C. Kalaklan Ridge, 6-inch Gun, circa 1909, at the Olongapo Naval Station Marine Barracks. This picture came from the Earl Hancock “Pete” Ellis Picture Collection in the U.S.M.C. Archives.

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The U.S. Marines installed Coastal Defense Artillery in Subic Bay before the Army arrived and established the Coastal Defense Fort Wint on Grande Island. The Marines done it with their Blood and Sweat, not with Government contracts, like the Army Coastal Defense Force. This is not a comprehensive study of the subject. It is only, telling a story of a picture and pictures (other stories to follow). For example, I heard from the Coastal Defense Study Group (cdsg.org) that the Marines had a large caliber gun near where the Army 10 Inch Battery Warwick stands now on Grande Island.
These pictures came from the Earl Hancock “Pete” Ellis Picture Collection in the U.S.M.C. Archives, this is the URL, click here or copy and paste the URL:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/usmcarchives/albums/72157710446176952/page3

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Ze745. This view shows Olongapo Town, the Olongapo Naval Station with the USMC Barracks and the Olongapo Navy Yard with the Drydock Dewey, circa 1908. The view is across the mouth of the Kalaklan River, near Kalaklan Point. At the bottom of the picture we see heavy timber laid down as tracks to slide, winch-up heavy objects up the Kalaklan Ridge. This picture came from the Earl Hancock “Pete” Ellis Picture Collection in the U.S.M.C. Archives.

Ze746. The last picture is zoomed it to show the heavy timber laid down as tracks to slide, winch-up heavy objects up the Kalaklan Ridge. This picture came from the Earl Hancock “Pete” Ellis Picture Collection in the U.S.M.C. Archives.

Ze747. The heavy lumber tracks up Kalaklan Ridge; I speculate that the Marines, perhaps with the help of Navy riggers winched the gun parts up the Kalaklan Ridge. This picture gives the impression that the job is done and the tracks are not in 100% good shape anymore. This picture came from the Earl Hancock “Pete” Ellis Picture Collection in the U.S.M.C. Archives.

Ze748, Step #1; digging the holes for the gun foundations, that is what I assume the Marines are doing on Kalaklan Ridge, circa 1908. No money for fat Government contracts. The Marines Can Do!!! This picture came from the Earl Hancock “Pete” Ellis Picture Collection in the U.S.M.C. Archives.

Ze749. The job is done, the U.S. Marine Corps established a 6 Inch Gun Battery on Kalaklan Ridge for the defense of Olongapo Naval Station, circa 1908-10. This picture came from the Earl Hancock “Pete” Ellis Picture Collection in the U.S.M.C. Archives.

Ze750. The job is done, the U.S. Marine Corps established a 6 Inch Gun Battery on Kalaklan Ridge for the defense of the Olongapo Naval Station, circa 1908-10. In this picture we barely can make out Grande Island at right and at left the area that later became the Subic Bay Naval Base Magazine area. This picture came from the Earl Hancock “Pete” Ellis Picture Collection in the U.S.M.C. Archives.

Ze751. One thing I experienced myself, from Kalaklan Ridge one gets a great view of the Olongapo area, this is a very great picture from 1909. This picture came from the Earl Hancock “Pete” Ellis Picture Collection in the U.S.M.C. Archives.

Ze752. The last picture zoomed in and marked up: 1= The Coaling Station and it looks that it is covered. 2= Drydock Dewey. 3= the causeway that is the present Manila Ave. and Rizal Ave. in present Olongapo City. 4= the all important unique looking Olongapo Naval Station Admin Building. In this collection we have 2 pictures of this building (not this album). 5= The Barracks. 6= The Spanish Gate got to be there but I cannot make it out.6= the other 6, my mistake, could that be the Chapel? 7= the present Dewey Ave. This picture came from the Earl Hancock “Pete” Ellis Picture Collection in the U.S.M.C. Archives.

Ze753. USMC, Star Pt., Olongapo, circa 1909; where is it? This picture came from the Earl Hancock “Pete” Ellis Picture Collection in the U.S.M.C. Archives.

Ze754. This is a March 2019 picture of Kalaklan Point, the bottom end, ocean end of Kalaklan Ridge. I believe the rock formation matches with the last picture called “Star Point”.

Ze754a. A section of the 1:50000 Olongapo City Map

Ze755. USMC Officer and former Enlisted Man Earl Hancock “Pete” Ellis sitting on a captured gun in the Spanish Fort Felipe in Cavite, circa 1902. Thank you, Sir, and your descendants. This picture came from the Earl Hancock “Pete” Ellis Picture Collection in the U.S.M.C. Archives.

U.S.M.C. Lt. Col. Earl Hancock Pete Ellis has become a legend in the Corps, with a tragic end; look it up in Google.

Ze756. The USMC guns were not the first artillery on Kalaklan Point. This gun was emplaced by the Filipino Resistance, Independence Fighters in 1899 on Kalaklan Ridge. It fired on US Navy Ships. The gun still exists and is located in San Francisco. This picture is from Randy Anderson and is posted here; look up and read this exiting Subic Bay historic story, click here or copy and paste this URL:

http://corregidor.proboards.com/thread/2208/inch-ordonez-subic-grande-island

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25th Dec 2019 added these 7 pictures

Ze781 (A14). The skid-way, the sliding wood tracks, to establish a USMC Coastal Defense Battery with two 6-inch guns on Kalaklan Ridge in Olongapo Naval Station, Subic Bay at about 1909-10. This picture came from the Earl Hancock “Pete” Ellis Picture Collection in the U.S.M.C. Archives.

Ze782 (A15). The skid-way, the sliding wood tracks, to establish a USMC Coastal Defense Battery with two 6-inch guns on Kalaklan Ridge in Olongapo Naval Station, Subic Bay at about 1909-10. This picture came from the Earl Hancock “Pete” Ellis Picture Collection in the U.S.M.C. Archives.

Ze783 (A16). The job is done, the U.S. Marine Corps established a 6 Inch Gun Battery (2 guns) on Kalaklan Ridge for the defense of the Olongapo Naval Station, circa 1908-10. This picture came from the Earl Hancock “Pete” Ellis Picture Collection in the U.S.M.C. Archives.

Ze784 (A17). The job is done, the U.S. Marine Corps established a 6 Inch Gun Battery (2 guns) on Kalaklan Ridge for the defense of the Olongapo Naval Station, circa 1908-10. This image and view confirm that the present Kalaklan Point was called Star Point, early last century. This picture came from the Earl Hancock “Pete” Ellis Picture Collection in the U.S.M.C. Archives.

Ze785 (A18). This is one of 3 images of Marines at work established a 6 Inch Gun Battery (2 guns) on Kalaklan Ridge for the defense of the Olongapo Naval Station, circa 1908-10. Here Marines handle heavy logs at the mouth of the Kalaklan River. This picture came from the Earl Hancock “Pete” Ellis Picture Collection in the U.S.M.C. Archives.

Ze786 (A19). This is one of 3 images of Marines at work established a 6 Inch Gun Battery (2 guns) on Kalaklan Ridge for the defense of the Olongapo Naval Station, circa 1908-10. It looks like the Marines hauled the guns up by hand. This picture came from the Earl Hancock “Pete” Ellis Picture Collection in the U.S.M.C. Archives.

Ze787 (A20). This is one of 3 images of Marines at work established a 6 Inch Gun Battery (2 guns) on Kalaklan Ridge for the defense of the Olongapo Naval Station, circa 1908-10. It looks like the Marines hauled the guns up by hand. This picture came from the Earl Hancock “Pete” Ellis Picture Collection in the U.S.M.C. Archives.

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