Source: Gentile, Gary, Shipwrecks of North Carolina: From Hatteras Inlet South, Gary Gentile Productions, 1992
Name: SCHURZ Type: Gunboat
Date Sunk: 6/21/18 Cause: Collision with SS Florida
Size (ft.): 255 x 32 x 14 Tonnage: 1,603 tons
Propulsion: Coal-fired steam Location N34° 11.218'/W76° 36.127'

Diving Depths: 95-110 ft.
Visibility: Generally very good; range 50 to 100+ ft. Visability is often reduced to less than 10 feet because of the schools of baitfish
Current: Slight to moderate
Summer Temperature: high 70s to lo 80s
Points of Interest: Four boilers, engine, port anchor, rudder/steering quadrant, bow and stern deck guns, various sizes of ammunition & bullets;
Fish/Animal Life: Vast schools of baitfish, frequent sandtiger sharks, amberjacks, occasional sea turtles, numerous small tropicals and moray eels;
Description: Also known as the "WWI" or World War One or the Geier , the wreck of the Schurz is contiguous and lies generally on its keel. (It actually lists to its port side This is more noticable near the stern than anywhere else on the wreck.) The high spots on the wreck are the boilers. From the boilers, forward to the bow, the wreck is quite flat and without much very high relief. Except towards the bow, the wreck is chunky, with distinct large pieces of machinery within the collapsed outline of the hull. Despite its small, compact size, there are days where the vast schools of baitfish make it quite easy to get turned around on this wreck - especially if the layout is unfamiliar to you . Sometimes you can't see two feet! This wreck has suffered a lot over the past couple of years from overdiving and overdigging from crewboats and artifact divers. Yet, if you can get on it with out other divers on it, the Schurz, with its abundant fish life and usually clear water, is still a very pretty wreck Note: a good section of the wreck - especially at the stern was uncovered during the last major hurricane to hit the area. Its quite a change

Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995 by Paul M. Hudy
Port, bow anchor Wreckage, near engines
Bow deck gun Wreckage near stern Looking at the stern aft of the wreck Rudder assembly/Steering quadrant
Stern deck gun Diver working near the stern
Bow deck gun 2 of the 4 boilers

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