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 is now closed. She re-opens to the public May 20, 2015 for Fleet Week
The season launches with the LILAC Art Series--deadline to submit proposals is March 30, 2015