America's Only Steam-Powered Lighthouse Tender

LILAC is a retired Coast Guard cutter that carried supplies to lighthouses and maintained buoys from 1933 to 1972.  USCGC LILAC is America's only surviving steam-powered lighthouse tender and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

LILAC is now a museum ship owned and operated by the non-profit Lilac Preservation Project and is open for tours, exhibits and events.

You can help restore steam to America's waters by volunteering, making a donation, or coming by and learning more about the ship and maritime history.