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Robert H. Colley
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ROBERT H. COLLEY,  US,1TE (aft) (13)
11,651 GRT for Atlantic Refining Co., Philadelphia,  523.5 x 70.2
Tanker buit by Sun SB. & DD. Co., Chester, Pa.  (8)     #169,  237793
Torpedoed by U 254, 3 Oct 1942, in 59.06 N - 26.18 W, voyage Curaçao & New York - Clyde,
fuel oil, broke in two, stern section sunk by escort next day.
( See photo below )
The Miramar Ship Index for "ROBERT H. COLLEY"
IDNo:
2237793
Year:
1938
Name:
ROBERT H. COLLEY
Keel:
Type:
Tanker
Launch Date:
09.07.1938
Flag:
USA
Date of completion:
20.08.1938

Tons:
11651
Link:
-
DWT:
Yard No:
169
Length overall:
Ship Design:
LPP:
159.6
Country of build:
USA
Beam:
21.4
Builder:
Sun
Material of build:
Location of yard:
Chester, Pa
Number of screws/Mchy/Speed(kn):
1TE-13

Subsequent History:
-

Disposal Data:
Torpedoed 59.06 N / 26.18 W on 4.10.1942 & scuttled at 58.44 N / 24.54 W on 5.10.1942.

History:
ON
LR/IMO
ID
Year
Name
Tons
Change
Registered Owner
237793
2237793
1938
ROBERT H. COLLEY
11651
-
Atlantic Refining Co.

When Mrs. Robert H. Colley, wife of the president of Atlantic Refining Company
christens a tanker for her husband that tanker knows it's christened. At right, John G
Pew, president, Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, builders of the vessel.

Source photo Pacific Marine Review, Volume 35, August, 1938
Recent Launchings at American Shipyards.
Robert H. Colley, the largest commercial hull launched this year in an American shipyard, slid down the ways at the Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company July 9 after being soundly (see picture) christened by Mrs. R. H. Colley, wife of the president of The Atlantic Refining Company, for whom this ship was named.
A turbo-electric drive 13,500 deadweight ton tanker, this vessel and her sister ship, the J. W. Van Dyke, are the world's largest welded ships.
Robert H.Colley, whose name the new ship bears, entered the employ of the Atlantic Refining Company in
1919. He was elected treasurer and a director of the company in 1920.
Elected a vice president of the company in 1936, his election as president took place on May 4, 1937.
During the World War he served as an artillery officer with the U.S. Army in France.

Source photo Pacific Marine Review, Volume 35, September, 1938
Deliveries
Tanker Robert H. Colley, August 20, by Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company to Atlantic Refining Company, 13,500 tons, all welded, turbo electric drive.

Source photo Pacific Marine Review, Volume 35, December, 1938
High Pressure Steam Plants
Marine installations of high-pressure, high-temperature steam generating systems, a principal issue in the sharp controversy that is dividing U. S. naval construction experts, have proved so successful on two tankers recently completed for The Atlantic Refining Company at the Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company that a third tanker now under construction for the company at the same yard will be driven by a system operating at a still higher degree of superheat.
Atlanticís 18,500-ton tankers, the S.S. J. W. Van Dyke and the S.S. Robert H. Colley, have been in service since last February and August, respectively, with steam generating systems operating at 625 pounds pressure and 835 degrees Fahrenheit. The third tanker, now under construction, will be driven by a system operating at the same pressure but at a steam temperature of 920 degrees.
The successful operation of this type of steam generating system, as demonstrated by the SS. J.W. Van Dyke and Robert H. Colley, is attracting wide attention in ship designing and construction circles, and is expected to lead to increased em- ployment of such installations.

"Robert H. Colley".