The Schurz was originally a 255-foot German gunship named the SMS Geier that was built in 1894. In 1914, the United States seized the ship and took control over the ship, renaming it what we recognize it as today, USS Schurz. When WWI broke out, this ship was one of Germany's target ships for destruction because they didn't want their own ship to be a factor in their own defeat; however, all destruction attempts failed. It wasn't until June 21, 1918 that the Schurz found its position in 110 feet of water when it collided with the SS Florida. A heavy concentration of marine life can be found here and typically includes: large schools of bait fish, sand tiger sharks, grouper, and amber jack. This site is visited on a Full Day Charter.
|Name:||Schurz (SMS Geier)|
|Date Sunk:||June 21, 1918|
|Sharks:||Yes, Sand Tiger|
The Schurz is one of those wrecks you can visit hundreds of times and still see something new! The wreck is sprawled along the ocean bottom and points of interest on your dive may include the boilers, bow and stern deck guns, anchor, and rudder. Ammunition and bullets from the wreck are often located by divers with a sharp eye.