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 regularly from 4:00 to 7:00 PM on Thursdays and 2:00 to 7:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays (weather permitting) for exhibits, tours, and other activities.
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