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The "Lorcha" Dock

 

1999 Edward Michaud

 

If six dozen cases of the finest liquor from the 1930’s is your kind of treasure, then this is the place to look. The Lorcha Dock, (sometimes referred to as ‘The Army Dock’ and ‘MacArthur’s Dock’), is the dock where locals believe General MacArthur departed Corregidor from. MacArthur actually departed the island from the South Mine Dock aboard the PT-41 with US Navy Lt. Bulkely as skipper before the surrender in May of 1942.*

This old collapsed wood and concrete dock, which appears more like a small boat pier, was the location for the dumping of General MacArthur’s personal possessions that were left behind after he departed the island. Ammunition, weapons, desks, chairs, and his entire stock or collection of prime liquor consisting of over 80 bottles were thrown off this dock. The condition of most of these items now, 57 years after the fact, remains somewhat questionable. However, since the bottom here is mostly mud, which acts as a preservative, chances are good that the bottles remain in very good condition. Water depth here is only around ten feet.

 

POST-WAR RECOVERY OPS 1945-88 | SPEEDY GONZALES  |   BATTERY MORRISON  | AH-MOON'S   |  THE ENGINEERING TUNNEL   |   GRAVE - GOLD   |   THE MARCOS CONNECTION   |   THE NORTH DOCK GOLD HOLE   |   THE FOURTH LATERAL   |   THE NORTH HARBOR SALVAGE BARGE   |    THE PRESIDENTIAL YACHT "CASIANO"   |   THE LORCHA DOCK   |  SILVER PESOS    |  NO MORE GOLD   |   CONCLUSION

CORREGIDOR - THE TREASURE ISLAND OF WWII    |    GOLD IS ALSO BALLAST    |    THE GOLDEN PATROL OF THE USS TROUT |  SALVAGING A SILVER TREASURE  | THE JAPANESE OVERSTRIKE

* The locals are correct, the books are wrong. Bulkeley, as an Admiral, revisited Corregidor in August 1977 and was adamant that his departure point was the Lorcha Dock and that the history books were wrong and must be corrected. See full Article.

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