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Kestrel II (SP 529)



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

Motorboat:

  • Built in 1912 by Percy Tuttle, Greenport, Long Island, NY
  • Acquired by the Navy 2 June 1917
  • Commissioned 4 June 1917
  • Decommissioned 6 January 1919 and returned to her former owner the same day
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 93 t.
  • Length 108'
  • Beam 18'
  • Draft 8' 6"
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement: Nine
  • Armament: One 3-pounder
  • Propulsion: One 75ihp gasoline engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Kestrel II 107k Underway prior to World War I.
    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 C. E. Black, USNRF4 June 1917
    02LT William O'Donnell Iselin, USN1917
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    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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