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.  Regular hours: Lilac is open Thursdays, 3:00 to 6:00 PM and Saturdays, 1:00 to 6:00 PM beginning May 31.  Admission to Lilac is free.  Because space is limited, reservations are sometimes required for special events.  Watch for Sunday hours to be added later in the summer. The ship is open to the public from May to October for exhibits, tours, and other activities.  For more information please visit

Tug Pegasus

The 104-year-old Tug Pegasus spent her long career towing barges and docking ships in New York Harbor.  Tug Pegasus is in the process of establishing its seasonal programming calendar now that it is settling into its new berth at Pier 25.  The plan will be to have visiting hours most weekends through the summer with some weekday open hours as well.  Those interested should stay tuned to for more information.