SS Bovic

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SS Bovic
SS Bovic
Career (UK)
  • SS Bovic (1892-1922)
  • SS Colonian (1922-1928)
Builder: Harland and Wolff, Belfast
Launched: 28 June 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, 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.[1]

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.[2]

In 1917 she was requisitioned for war service.[1]

In 1922 she was sold to the Leyland Line and renamed Colonian. She was scrapped at Rotterdam in 1928.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Bovic, White Star Line". 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Smith, Gordon (2011). "British Merchant Navy Ships Lost and Damaged at Sea in World War I". Retrieved 4 November 2012.