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Kestrel II (SP 529)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Boy - Sail - Tare


  • Built in 1912 by Percy Tuttle, Greenport, Long Island, NY
  • Commissioned 23 June 1917
  • Delivered to the Navy 24 June 1917
  • Decommissioned 6 January 1919
  • Returned to her former owner 11 January 1919
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 99 t.
  • Leng0th 108'
  • Beam 18'
  • Draft 5' 3"
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement 23
  • Armament: One 3-pounder and two machine guns
  • Propulsion: Two 100hp 6-cylinder Standard gasoline engines, one shaft.
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    Kestrel II 107k Underway prior to World War
    Photographed by Edwin Levick, New York
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 99502
    Robert Hurst
    Kestrel II 73k Photographed prior to her World War I Navy service
    U.S. Navy photo NH 101961
    Naval Historical Center

    Commanding Officers
    01Chief Boatswain's Mate Charles E. Black, USNRF4 June 1917 - 1917
    02LT William O'Donnell Iselin, USN1917
    03Boatswain Walsh Warmslay Leach, USNRF1918
    04ENS Paul H. Keingh, USNRF1918 - 1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan and Wolfgang Hechler

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Kestrel II, a motor boat, was built by Percy Tuttle of Greenport, Long Island, N.Y., in 1912 and owned by D. Herbert Hostetter of New York City. Acquired under free lease, she was taken over by the Navy 2 June 1917 and commissioned at Newport, R.I., 4 June, Chief Boatswain's Mate C. E. Black, USNRF, in command.

    Assigned to the 2d Naval District at Newport, Kestrel II operated out of New London, Conn., on section and shore patrol in Long Island Sound. She decommissioned 6 January 1919 and was returned to her former owner the same day.
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