LILAC is a retired 1933 Coast Guard cutter that once carried supplies to lighthouses and maintained buoys. Decommissioned in 1972, USCGC LILAC is America's only surviving steam-powered lighthouse tender and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is eligible to become a National Historic Landmark.
LILAC is now a museum ship owned and operated by the non-profit Lilac Preservation Project. Our goals are to preserve the ship, promote maritime education, provide a venue for history and art, and be a community-friendly space for meetings 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.
LILAC is open for the 2016 season Visit on Thursdays from 4:00 to 7:00 PM or Saturdays and Sundays from 2:00 to 7:00 PM View the current exhibit Defending New York Harbor: The City's Waterfront Forts through July 31, 2016
On view starting August 4: Adam Payne: Full Steam Ahead a multi-media exhibit of maritime art Opening reception: Wednesday, August 10
Battery Potter, Sandy Hook, N.J. (2013), by Richard W. Golden