Historic Vessels

Hudson River Park recognizes the important role that historic vessels play in conveying New York City's long and rich maritime history in a tangible way.  While various Park piers are able to receive visiting vessels, Pier 25 in Tribeca was specifically designed in part for this purpose.  Vessels selected to berth at this site are charged with creating public educational opportunities that help history come alive.  

Historic Vessels at Pier 25

Steamship Lilac

Lilac is a 173-foot, 1933 lighthouse tender that once carried supplies to lighthouses and maintained buoys for the U.S. Lighthouse Service and the U.S. Coast Guard.  Decommissioned in 1972, she is now owned by the non-profit Lilac Preservation Project.  She is America's only surviving steam-powered lighthouse tender.  Lilac is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is eligible to become a National Historic Landmark.  Lilac is hosting several events.  To find out the hours of Lilac, please visit their site.  Admission to Lilac is free.  Because space is limited, reservations are sometimes required for special events.  For more information please visit