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SS Bovic

SS Bovic
SS Bovic
Career (UK)
  • SS Bovic (1892-1922)
  • SS Colonian (1922-1928)
Builder: Harland and Wolff, Belfast
Yard number: 252
Launched: 28 June 1892
Completed: 22 August 1892
Maiden voyage: 26 August 1892
Fate: Scrapped, 1928
General characteristics
Tonnage: 6,583 GRT
Length: 470 ft (143.3 m)
Propulsion: 2 × reciprocating steam engines, 2 screws
Speed: 13 knots (24.1 km/h)

SS Bovic was a steamship built by Harland and Wolff in Belfast for the White Star Line.

A sister ship to the Naronic, the ship was launched on 28 June 1892, completed on 22 August 1892[1] and began her maiden voyage on 26 August 1892, sailing from Liverpool to New York City. Originally designed to carry livestock with a small number of passengers, she was later converted into a passenger ship.[2]

On 19 August 1915, while off the coast of southern Ireland, she narrowly avoided destruction by what is believed to be the German U-boat U-24, which had sunk four other vessels, including White Star Line's Arabic in the same area that day. Bovic was pursued by the submarine, but managed to escape.[3]

In 1917 she was requisitioned for war service.[2]

In 1922 she was sold to the Leyland Line and renamed Colonian. She was scrapped at Rotterdam in 1928.[2]


  1. ^ McCluskie, Tom (2013). The Rise and Fall of Harland and Wolff. Stroud: The History Press. p. 122.  
  2. ^ a b c "Bovic, White Star Line". 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Smith, Gordon (2011). "British Merchant Navy Ships Lost and Damaged at Sea in World War I". Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
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