Lilac, America’s only surviving steam-powered lighthouse tender, is turning 90 this year. Its birthday celebration is being launched with a dry docking.
Lilac’s hull has been cleaned, inspected, and is being prepped for a fresh coat of paint, thanks to a major gift from Gerald Weinstein.
The U. S. Coast Guard cutter Lilac was built in 1933, supplying lighthouses and maintaining buoys for forty years on the Delaware River until she was retired in 1972.
This unique ship is open to the public as a free museum from May to October at Hudson River Park’s Pier 25 in New York City.
You can make a donation to keep Lilac going for future generations here.