LILAC is a 1933 lighthouse tender that once carried supplies to lighthouses and maintained buoys for the U.S. Lighthouse Service and the U.S. Coast Guard. Decommissioned in 1972, USCGC LILAC is now a museum ship owned by the non-profit Lilac Preservation Project. As America's only surviving steam-powered lighthouse tender, LILAC is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is eligible to become a National Historic Landmark.
You can help restore steam to the America's waters by volunteering, making a donation, or coming by and learning more about the ship and maritime history.
The ship is open to the public from May to October (weather permitting) for exhibits, tours, and other activities.
LILAC is closed August 16 due to a sewage malfunction at Pier 25. The ship is open August 17.
John Skelson's exhibit "Tugboats: Workhorses of New York Harbor" continues through August
LILAC will be closed Labor Day weekend for installation of the Floating Library