Lilac Preservation Project

Lilac Preservation Project America's oldest Lighthouse Tender, LILAC is a museum ship open to the public seasonally and by appointment. Owned and operated by the non-profit Lilac Preservation Project.
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A few weeks back, the plan was to fry some eggs on the new knee in the Crew Head, but the guys forgot the eggs. So the k...
04/17/2020

A few weeks back, the plan was to fry some eggs on the new knee in the Crew Head, but the guys forgot the eggs. So the knee was recently heated up just for egg-frying. Note the use of hose clamps to keep the eggs neat and in place.)( And, yes, they were eaten--in the open air on the well deck by the essential crew.

Last project done, two weeks ago, was replacing the plastic water supply hose with stainless steel.  Hudson River Park t...
04/04/2020

Last project done, two weeks ago, was replacing the plastic water supply hose with stainless steel. Hudson River Park turned on the water service early, so our heads are operating again.

03/25/2020

Today, March 25, is National Medal of Honor Day. This award recognizes those who have distinguished themselves conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty. It is a rare and selective award--only one Coastguardsman has ever received it. We are surrounded these days by people going above and beyond the call of duty. It doesn't mean they are not afraid. Courage means doing the job anyway. Thank you to all who carry on.

No need to hoard toilet paper!
03/22/2020
Tow-Rags, or How Sailors Cleaned Their Bums

No need to hoard toilet paper!

In the United States recently, there has been a lot of attention given to those who hoard toilet paper in preparation for the coronavirus onslaught. As toilet paper is one of the basic necessities of modern life, hoarding seems to … Continue reading →

In these anxious times, a little diversion is sometimes in order. Thanks to Pablo Martinez Diaz for creating some LILAC ...
03/19/2020
IMG_20190730_084722 - jigsaw puzzle (35 pieces)

In these anxious times, a little diversion is sometimes in order. Thanks to Pablo Martinez Diaz for creating some LILAC jigsaw puzzles. See if you can solve this one and post your time here. Stay well.

Free online jigsaw puzzle game

This photo of Bill Cofer was sent to us by his daughter Leslie. Do any of you veterans remember him? She says he served ...
03/17/2020

This photo of Bill Cofer was sent to us by his daughter Leslie. Do any of you veterans remember him? She says he served on LILAC and later on the COURIER, retiring in about 1969. From his uniform insignia, it looks like he was a Chief Warrant Officer when the photo was taken. Help with that is also welcome.

This week, work included fitting a new longitudinal stringer to the knee we posted about two weeks ago. In the Crew Head...
03/10/2020

This week, work included fitting a new longitudinal stringer to the knee we posted about two weeks ago. In the Crew Head, this structural piece was missing, having been cut away, probably when the Head was retrofitted with fiberglass insulation late in the ship's career. Our volunteer crew was heating and bending the newly fabricated piece to fit the knee and making other adjustments.

Even an old ship needs new knees! This one is being fitted in to the Crew Head and will be riveted in soon. Yes, you hea...
02/25/2020

Even an old ship needs new knees! This one is being fitted in to the Crew Head and will be riveted in soon. Yes, you heard that right. Riveting.

02/13/2020
Vula Viel

Fabulous video featuring USCGC LILAC and starring our friend Peter Zummo

Official Music Video for Vula Viel - What's Not Enough About That?
From the new album: https://vulaviel.bandcamp.com/

Lyrics:
What's Not Enough?
...
What's Not Enough
If I just come and play?
What's Not Enough
You don't know me!
What's Not Enough About That?
...
What's Not Enough?
Somebody love you.
What's Not Enough?
Somebody love me.
What's Not Enough About That?

Bandcamp : https://vulaviel.bandcamp.com
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/0dAE6D3BeyHnsxYEKfVZX6

Vula Viel are:
Bex Burch - Gyil
Ruth Goller - Bass
Jim Hart - Drums

Peter Zummo - Guest Vocals

Music and lyrics by Bex Burch

Directed and edited by: Louise Boer
Filmed by: Louise Boer (Tokyo, London, New York) and Joe Zummo (New York)
Key grip: Julia Zummo (New York)

Music engineered and mixed by Dilip Harris
Mastered by Tyler McDiarmid

Thanks to Quinton Scott
Supported by PRS Foundation and Sound and Music
https://vulaviel.com

01/11/2020
Historic Vessel Vega

Greg Fitzgerald just launched a fundraiser for LILAC on his page! Please donate.

John Wickam sent me this and I found the machinery which made lighthouses tick facinating. I know we just had a lighthouse film but could not resist sharing this one with you.

01/03/2020

Our Museum Director Mary Habstritt just raised $530 for us with a Facebook fundraiser! You can create a fundraiser that benefits LILAC too. Just follow the simple steps here: https://www.facebook.com/fund/steamerlilac/

Ho, ho, ho! Merry Christmas, all.
12/25/2019

Ho, ho, ho! Merry Christmas, all.

11/30/2019

We'll be selling LILAC t-shirts at the National Lighthouse Museum's "Museum Store Sunday" from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM this Sunday, December 1st. It's your chance to stock up on these and other lighthouse-themed items for holiday gift-giving.

11/06/2019
U.S. Coast Guard Tri-State

Always ready to lend a hand, the crews of USCGC PENOBSCOT BAY (WTGB 107) and USCGC LINE dedicated a day of service to the oldest lighthouse tender afloat. And, made a nice video about it too. Thank you! ❤️

The crews of USCGC PENOBSCOT BAY (WTGB 107) and USCGC Line gathered at the historic Lighthouse Tender Lilac yesterday in #NYC to lend some muscle for the restoration and preservation of this former U.S. Coast Guard workhorse.

Like the blackhulls of Lilac's generation, the Penobscot Bay and Line carry on a proud tradition of aiding maritime navigation. Stay tuned this winter as our blackhulls break ice up and down the #HudsonRiver, clearing the path for commerce and recreation.

#USCG #history #maritime #lighthouse #volunteer #service #icebreaking #ATON #newyorkcity #fixerupper #blackhull #communityservice @steamerlilac

We're busy getting ready for winter. Sunday's crew installed and filled a water tank in the cargo hold where it won't fr...
11/06/2019

We're busy getting ready for winter. Sunday's crew installed and filled a water tank in the cargo hold where it won't freeze. This will provide water after Hudson River Park shuts off our connection for the season.

The second day of Open House New York was wet and miserable, but the 50+ visitors were clearly motivated to get to the s...
10/23/2019

The second day of Open House New York was wet and miserable, but the 50+ visitors were clearly motivated to get to the ship in spite of the rain. Many stayed a long time, in conversation with our volunteers and soaking up the art and history. #OHNYwknd

Lighthouse Artist Elaine Marie Austin greeted visitors in our main gallery on Saturday and led children in a storytellin...
10/22/2019

Lighthouse Artist Elaine Marie Austin greeted visitors in our main gallery on Saturday and led children in a storytelling activity. We had 177 visitors that day! Open House New York #ohnywknd

Back on the first of September, the work crew opened up a junction box for the degaussing system and a rainbow of wires ...
09/29/2019

Back on the first of September, the work crew opened up a junction box for the degaussing system and a rainbow of wires was revealed, seen perhaps for the first time since WWII when it was installed to protect the ship from mines.

Happy to help The COOP! We're looking forward to the play. #terrafirma
09/20/2019

Happy to help The COOP! We're looking forward to the play. #terrafirma

Thanks to the amazing folks at Lilac Preservation Project for donating old ship ropes and pulleys for our #terrafirma set. Tickets are on sale now!

Sam got dirty last week disconnecting a broken scupper in tight quarters #steamerlilac #coastguardcutterlilac #lilacpres...
09/01/2019

Sam got dirty last week disconnecting a broken scupper in tight quarters #steamerlilac #coastguardcutterlilac #lilacpreservationproject #volunteering #plumbing

08/26/2019
U.S. Coast Guard Hawaii Pacific

LILAC has a historic connection to one of the Coast Guard's newest cutters. The USCGC MIDGETT is named for generations of Midgetts who well and proudly served the Coast Guard. One was John E. Midgett who served several tours of duty as LILAC's Commanding Officer. Huzzah for the new cutter! Semper Paratus.

Please Join us 10 a.m., Saturday, as Admiral Karl Schultz, the commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, presides over the dual commissioning of the Coast Guard Cutters Kimball (WMSL 756) and Midgett (WMSL 757) at Base Honolulu.

08/22/2019

The Coast Guard is a military service, a law enforcement organization, a regulatory agency, a first responder and an intelligence gatherer, according to a recent Military.com article about the newest cutters to be commissioned. "A Swiss Army knife flexibility" seems to sum it up all right.

Restoration of the Lyle gun was completed Sunday. That is, short of adding a firing mechanism and carriage. Often referr...
07/30/2019

Restoration of the Lyle gun was completed Sunday. That is, short of adding a firing mechanism and carriage. Often referred to by the name of the artilleryman who designed it, a Lyle gun was used to shoot a line to a ship in trouble to help rescue crew and passengers. Such line-throwing guns were typically fired from shore by surfmen of the U.S. Life Saving Service who staffed stations on shores where shipwrecks were common. (Like the U.S. Lighthouse Service which built LILAC, the Life Saving Service became part of the Coast Guard.) We found remnants of black paint to indicate that this gun was painted all black early on, probably for ease of maintenance, so we went with that. It was manufactured just down the street from Pier 25 according to the builder's plate. It was donated to LILAC by the U.S. Maritime Administration.

Parakeet spotted at LILAC on Saturday! It is not known whether he is a friend of "Lyle," the black-crowned night heron t...
07/29/2019

Parakeet spotted at LILAC on Saturday! It is not known whether he is a friend of "Lyle," the black-crowned night heron that fishes from the rudder.

Opened for the first time in 40 years--the officers' skylight!
07/18/2019

Opened for the first time in 40 years--the officers' skylight!

After yoga on the pier with Veterans Yoga Project we watched the sun set from the deck.
07/05/2019

After yoga on the pier with Veterans Yoga Project we watched the sun set from the deck.

Jay chipped paint all afternoon!
06/26/2019

Jay chipped paint all afternoon!

Thrilled to hear stories from back in the day from Lilac veteran Steve Vani! #lilacpreservationproject #coastguard #coas...
06/23/2019

Thrilled to hear stories from back in the day from Lilac veteran Steve Vani! #lilacpreservationproject #coastguard #coastguardcutter #coastguardcutterlilac #coastguardveterans

One of our new tshirts, won in  the raffle at our opening reception. Congratulations David Derbyshire!
06/20/2019

One of our new tshirts, won in the raffle at our opening reception. Congratulations David Derbyshire!

Now that the water has warmed, we added two more anodes to the rudder and the project to protect the hull from galvanic ...
06/19/2019

Now that the water has warmed, we added two more anodes to the rudder and the project to protect the hull from galvanic action is nearly complete. Thanks to our friends at the Downtown Boathouse for loaning a canoe--and Kelly.

The ship opens early tomorrow for the Great Fish Count!
05/31/2019

The ship opens early tomorrow for the Great Fish Count!

The Great Fish Count is this Saturday, June 1st!

The World Science Festival Great Fish Count is an all-age, hands-on celebration of the marine life in the waters surrounding our five boroughs.

From 11am-1pm, join The River Project to check fish traps aboard the Lilac Preservation Project steamship. Help us count the many species of fish and marine creatures right here in our own city waterways.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

RSVP to [email protected]. Rain or shine!

Check out @worldsciencefestival for more Fish Count sites throughout NYC, Westchester County, and NJ. This event is produced in partnership with NYSDEC and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

05/26/2019

Surprise for Lilac's birthday party tonight, Peter Zummo and friends will be giving us some live music. The Buoy Tender reception runs from 7 to 10 PM with cash bar. 21+ only.

05/23/2019

Watch Spectrum News NY1 tomorrow, Friday, May 24, for Roger Clark's story about Lilac. We'll be live from the ship at 6:50, 7:50 and 8:50 AM. (Yes, that is AM.)

05/22/2019

We need birthday cake! The supermarket we used to buy our sheet cake from has closed and Captain Mary is searching for a new supplier. We always serve cake during our opening weekend. This year we're celebrating Lilac's 86th birthday. She was launched on May 26, 1933.

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Lilac Preservation Project At Hudson River Park'S Pier 25, N Moore St And West St
New York, NY
10013

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Hey, I recognize this ship! Dare Devil Season 2 Episode 11. Exteriors shots were filmed on deck, but I'm not sure if the interiors shots were done on the Lilac or on a set. I don't recognize the pier. Was she towed to another pier for this shoot, or were the surroundings added in digitally?
This is my dad WR “Bill” Cofer. I don’t know much about his service but think he was on the Lilac. He LOVED the Coast Guard! How can I find out which ships he was on? I know he was on the Courier. I also remember a Christmas party on a ship.
“Hello folks... This is your chance to help save a the LILAC instead of lamenting later when she’s gone. The LILAC is currently collecting donations to match a $5,000 challenge grant. If they can meet this goal by the end of the year, your dollars will be doubled. With your help, that means $10,000 to restore LILAC and create more great programs in 2018! You can send a check to Lilac Preservation Project, 80 White Street, New York, NY 10013. To pay via Paypal, go to the Lilac’s website. http://www.lilacpreservationproject.org/ All donations before December 31st will count toward the match. I am no way connected to her except, a retired Coastie that got to visit the past….”
Captain Mary at the Exhibit closing party :)
See Bell 8 - relax and 'dare to do nothing' !!!