Geier was a Bussard class unprotected cruiser laid down at
Kaiserliche Werft in Wilhlemshaven in 1893. She was
launched in October 1894 and was commissioned one year
later. She was assigned to overseas stations and spent
much of her career on tours in the Pacific, Americas and
Africa. In 1900 she sailed to the German colony in
Tsingtao and helped with suppressing the Boxer Rebellion.
After the outbreak of The Great War in August 1914, she
sat course for Europe but was due to mechincal problems
forced to seek harbour in Hawaii and internet for the rest
of the war. After the USA entry on the Entente side in
1917, she was confiscated by US Navy and renamed USS
Schurz. She served as a convoy escort until she collided
with the steamer Florida outside Cape Lookout 21.
June 1918 and sank. The remains of her rest today on a
depth of 30 to 35 meter southeast of Morehead City and
Atlantic Beach in North Carolina.
Wilhelmshaven ( D )
( US )
34° 11′ 13.08″ N,
76° 36′ 7.62″ W
USS Schurz in 1917
Curtesy of US Navy NH94909, Public domain