Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Collegian under her former name Royal Prince. Photo courtesy of Clive Ketley

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage7,886 tons
Completed1923 - Furness Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Haverton Hill, Middlesbrough 
OwnerT. & J. Harrison, Liverpool 
Date of attack22 Sep 1940Nationality:      British
FateDamaged by U-32 (Hans Jenisch)
Position55° 14'N, 16° 40'W - Grid AL 6626
Complement56 (0 dead and 56 survivors).
ConvoyHX-72 (straggler)
RouteNew Orleans (1 Sep) - Bermuda - Belfast 
Cargo8000 tons of general cargo, including 890 tons of TNT, cotton, steel and lumber 
History Completed in January 1923 as London Commerce for Furness, Withy & Co Ltd, Liverpool. 1929 renamed Royal Prince for the same owner. 1935 renamed Collegian for T. & J. Harrison, Liverpool.

Broken up at Milford Haven in February 1948. 
Notes on event

At 06.09 hours on 22 September 1940 the unescorted Collegian (Master W. Rowberry), a straggler from convoy HX-72, was missed by a torpedo from U-32 about 320 miles west of Malin Head. At 07.40 hours the U-boat surfaced and opened fire with the deck gun from a distance of 6500 meters. The Germans scored three hits, but had to break off the attack due to the accurate return fire from the 4.7" stern gun of the vessel. No casualties among the crew of 47 men and nine passengers (DBS). HMS Lowestoft (L 59) (Cdr A.M. Knapp, RN) and HMS Heartsease (K 15) (LtCdr E.J.R. North, RNR) escorted the Collegian to Belfast, arriving on 23 September. The ship was repaired and returned to service in November 1940.


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