Open House New York 2011 - Lighthouse Tender LILAC

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After returning from Staten Island I still had time left to visit another Open House NY item. The name Open Ship would have been more appropriate in this particular case. I made my way to Hudson River Park, Pier 25. At this pier a very special ship is docked. The Lighthouse Tender LILAC.

LILAC was built in 1933 and was in service with the US Coast Guard from 1939 until 1972. Her duties were providing the lighthouse ships and remote lighthouses with, fuel, supplies, and personnel. It also took care of buoy maintenance. The ship was, when decommissioned, the last lighthouse tender to be propelled by steam engines.

After her retirement in 1972 she was donated to a Seamanship School in Maryland to serve as a training facility, bunk ship, and staff room.

LILAC in more floatable times (Photo: lilacpreservationproject.org)
In 1985 she was once more retired from her new function and moved to the state of Virginia to serve as office space for a marine salvage yard. In 1999 she was once more released from her duties and sold to the Tug Pegasus Preservation Project that intended to restore LILAC and locate it in New York City. In 2004 the ships was transferred to the LILAC Preservation Project whose volunteers and officers vowed to restore her to working condition no matter how long it takes or how difficult it may be.

The work is clearly still in progress. At some points LILAC looks very well refurbished, at other places the interior looks rather worn out. But that does not matter at all, the atmosphere can very well be tasted and the views from the boat at Manhattan are great!

More pictures below!

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LILAC in more floatable times (Pho…
LILAC in more floatable times (Ph…
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Apart from 4 days exactly three y…
LILAC in more floatable times (Pho…
LILAC in more floatable times (Ph…
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