Kestrel (steam yacht)

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Name: Kestrel
Builder: George Lawley & Son
Completed: 1892
Status: Museum ship
General characteristics
Length: 63 ft (19 m)
Propulsion: Steam
Kestrel (steam yacht) is located in New York
Kestrel (steam yacht)
LocationJefferson County, New York
Coordinates44°20′47″N 75°55′37″W / 44.34639°N 75.92694°W / 44.34639; -75.92694Coordinates: 44°20′47″N 75°55′37″W / 44.34639°N 75.92694°W / 44.34639; -75.92694
NRHP reference #77000873[1]
Added to NRHPAugust 12, 1977

Kestrel is a steam yacht that was built in 1892.[2] It is located in the George C. Boldt Yacht House on the Saint Lawrence River in Jefferson County, New York.

The vessel was added to the National Register of Historic Places on August 12, 1977, when she was located in West New York, Hudson County, New Jersey, United States. Kestrel was donated in 2009 to the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority, which owns and operates Boldt Castle.[2]


Kestrel was designed by D. Crawford and built by George Lawley & Son at the South Boston shipyard in 1892.[3] In 1899, Kestrel was sold to Samuel Keyser of Baltimore, Maryland.

In 1937, James A. Trowbridge of Norwalk, Connecticut, purchased Kestrel. An overhaul and replacement of parts was done in 1957.

Robert P. Scripps of New York became the owner of the yacht in 1972. The American Maritime Academy on Staten Island subsequently purchased the yacht from Scripps.

In 1988, the yacht was acquired at auction by John H. Luhrs of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Luhrs had the steam engine completely repaired. In 2009, Luhrs donated Kestrel to the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority, which put it on display at Boldt Castle's Yacht House.[3]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Boldt Castle's Yacht House". Retrieved 2015-08-06.
  3. ^ a b "Kestrel 1892 Steam Yacht". Boldt Castle. Retrieved 19 November 2011.