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 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 re-opens to the public May 19, 2015 with a reception to launch the LILAC Arts Series
Regular hours resume May 23, 2015
Join us Memorial Day for birthday cake celebrating LILAC's 82nd year!