British Steam merchant
|Completed||1923 - Furness Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Haverton Hill, Middlesbrough|
|Owner||T. & J. Harrison, Liverpool|
|Date of attack||22 Sep 1940||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Damaged by U-32 (Hans Jenisch)|
|Position||Grid AL 6626|
|Complement||? men (? dead and ? survivors).|
|Route||New Orleans (1 Sep) - Bermuda - Belfast|
|Cargo||General cargo, including 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 loss|
At 06.09 hours on 22 Sep, 1940, the Collegian, 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 accurate return fire from the vessel. 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.
* Estimated position shown here is based on positions of losses in a roughly the same German grid code. It may be a bit off but should give a good idea as to where the attack took place.
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