Have you tried travelling to Camiguin onboard HIJOS-1? Owned by Hijos de Juan Corrales Inc., the small steel-hulled ferry was built by local shipbuilders in 1966 and plied the Benoni-Balingoan route and vice-versa for more than half a century before finally ceasing operations in 2018.

According to Philippine Ship Spotters Society (PSSS), it was one of the smallest steel-hulled ferries in the country. Hijos-1 was only 19.5 meters long, 4.5 meters wide and weighed 47 tons (gross) and 35 tons (net). It had a passenger capacity of just 90 persons. Some motor bancas are even bigger.

photo by Camiguin Explorer

For 52 years, Hijos-1 was able to survive amid the arrival of bigger ferries plying the same route. Some locals even state Hijos-1 had mastered cutting across rough seas along the route.

photo by Kim Zaldivar

Below are older photos.

photo by glenn-shipsnapshots.blogspot.com
photo by Janjan Salas

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