Lightship “Frying Pan” is listed on both the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places. The US Coast Guard once used lightships as floating lighthouses to prevent other ships from running aground on shoals or submerged rocks that were too far from land to be served by a lighthouse on shore. Many were also used to mark the entrances to harbors. The Frying Pan is one of only 13 lightships remaining from more than 100 originally built.
Today, the Frying Pan enjoys a lively life as part of an enormously popular spot for food and drinks on the Hudson River. Visit the Frying Pan’s website for current dining offerings, and to learn more about its fascinating history.