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KAISERLICHE MARINE (GERMANY)

CRUISERS

GEIER small cruiser (1895)

nearly sister-ship Cormoran 1895

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Geier   21 Wilhelmshaven KW 1893 18/10/1894 24/10/1895 interned 7/11/1914, captured by USA 6/4/1917 (Schurz 6/1917)

 

Displacement normal, t

1608

Displacement full, t

1918

Length, m

83.9 oa 79.6 wl

Breadth, m

10.6

Draught, m

4.74 mean 5.22 deep load

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 HTE, 4 cylindrical boilers

Power, h. p.

2880

Max speed, kts

15.5

Fuel, t

coal 320

Endurance, nm(kts)

3610(9)

Armament

8 x 1 - 105/32 SK L/35 C/91, 2 x 1 - 450 TT

Complement

161

Ship project history: The Bussard class were intended for colonial work, with their barquentine rig, ram bows and wooden sheathing.

Modernizations: 1900s: + (0 - 5) x 5 - 37/27 RV L/30

Naval service: Geier in 1909 was rebuilt and re-rigged as topsail schooner. The bridge was also enlarged. She was interned at Honolulu 7/11/1914, captured by USN 6/4/1917, renamed Schurz in June 1917, commissioned in Septenber 1917 and sunk 21/6/1918 after collision with s/s Florida off North Carolina coast.

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