1. USCGC Lilac (WAGL-227)
We previously wrote about the USCGC Lilac, which was launched in 1933 and was responsible for bringing supplies to lighthouses and buoys. The ship was also involved in rescue and firefighting efforts in times of disaster. The Lilac was decommissioned in 1972 and was the last steam-powered lighthouse or buoy tender in the Coast Guard Fleet, according to the Historic Naval Ships Association. From 1972 to 1984, the ship was used as a stationary training facility for members of the Seafarers International Union. In 2003, it was acquired by the Lilac Preservation Project, who works to restore the Lilac to to its former glory. Currently, the Lilac is docked at Hudson River Park’s Pier 25 and hosts its own floating library and arts series. The ship is open to visitors and admission is free.
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