For the last 30 years, New York has welcomed ships and crews from the US Navy and Coast Guard to the harbor around the Memorial Day weekend during a celebration of Fleet Week. Unfortunately, this year’s Fleet Week has been scuttled by the sequester and an obstructionist Congress. Nevertheless, the folks on the historic buoy-tender Lilac will be celebrating Fleet Week Without the Fleet with a series of events including readings, photography and presentations from Thursday, May 23 to Tuesday, May 28. Click here to see the schedule of events. Lilac is berthed at Hudson River Park’s Pier 25 at West Street and N. Moore Street.
Lilac is America’s only surviving steam-powered lighthouse tender. Built in 1933 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Lilac is now a museum ship owned by the non-profit Lilac Preservation Project.