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Gunboat Schurz

Schurz served the Navies of Germany and the United States.

Sunk 21 June 1918


  • Laid down in 1894 as the unprotected cruiser SMS Geier by the Imperial Dockyard, Whilhelmshaven, Germany
  • Launched 18 October 1894
  • Acquired by the Navy 6 April 1917
  • Renamed Schurz 9 June 1917
  • Commissioned USS Schurz 15 September 1917
  • Sunk 21 June 1918 after being struck by the SS Florida off Cape Lookout Lightship, 130 miles east of Wilmington, NC
  • Struck from the Navy list 26 August 1918.


  • Displacement 1,630 t.
  • Length 254'
  • Beam 32' 1"
  • Draft 14' 2"
  • Speed 16 kts.
  • Complement 197
  • Armament: Four 5" mounts
  • Propulsion: One triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    SMS Geier
    Schurz 112k Photo courtesy U.S. Warships of World War I Mike Green
    Schurz 181k Intered at Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
    Photo by Herbert B. Turner
    National Archives photo 45499708
    David Wright
    Schurz 260k 4 February 1917
    Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii. Smoke is from boilers sabotaged by her German crew
    Photo by Herbert B. Turner
    National Archives photo 45499710
    USS Schurz
    Schurz 86k Carl Christian Schurz; March 2, 1829 May 14, 1906) was a German revolutionary, American statesman and reformer, U.S. Minister to Spain, Union Army General in the American Civil War, U.S. Senator, and Secretary of the Interior. He was also an accomplished journalist, newspaper editor and orator, who in 1869 became the first German-born American elected to the United States Senate
    Photo from Wikipedia
    Tommy Trampp
    Schurz 132k Replacement photo: Off the foot of Market Street, San Diego, California, in November-December 1917
    Courtesy of the San Diego Maritime Museum, 1983
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 94909
    Original photo: Robert Hurst
    Replacement photo: Mike Green

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