Community Service Day on the LILAC

The Lilac Preservation Project announce that Members of the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) Sturgeon Bay, a local icebreaker, will be donating a day of service to the museum ship Lilac, a retired Coast Guard cutter that once tended buoys and lighthouses from 0900 to 1600 on Tuesday, 19 March, at Hudson River Park’s Pier 25, 229 West St. at N. Moore Street in New York City. These Coast Guard volunteers will contribute their time to help maintain Lilac by removing rust, painting bulwarks, installing sacrificial anodes to help protect the hull, and rigging a new deck awning.  They will be supervised by Lilac crewm embers, who are volunteers themselves. 

Lilac Preservation Project’s Museum Director Mary Habstritt said, “It’s so appropriate that these active-duty Coast Guardsmen are contributing their time to a vessel that is part of their own proud legacy.  We are grateful for their time and so very happy to welcome them on board.”

Lilac is America’s oldest and most intact lighthouse tender. Originally built for the U.S. Lighthouse Service, and launched in 1933, she became a U.S. Coast Guard Cutter in 1939, supplying lighthouses and maintaining buoys until she was retired in 1972. This unique ship, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is open to the public as a free museum offering programs in the arts and maritime history. The ship is owned and operated by the non-profit Lilac Preservation Project.  More information may be found at

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