Steam ship lighthouse tender Lilac and Fireboat John J Harvey. Photo by Jim Henderson via wikipedia


For the first time in 43 years, Lilac will be heading over to Staten Island for an extra special adventure! Departing Pier 25 at 10:00 am tomorrow, Tuesday 8 September, she will be heading for Caddell Dry Dock & Repair for a featured role in a Ragu Sauce Commercial!


Mmmmmm. Photo via wikipedia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 7, 2015
Lighthouse Tender LILAC Returns to Staten Island – Flower of the Delaware to Star in Ragu Commercial

New York, NY—The U.S. Lighthouse Tender Lilac, which once called at the U.S. Lighthouse Service Depot in St. George, is returning to Staten Island for the first time in at least 43 years on Tuesday, September 8th.  She will be departing Pier 25 at about 10:00 a.m. and tying up at Caddell Dry Dock and Repair for the afternoon to appear in a commercial celebrating the 1937 arrival of the Italian immigrant founders of Ragu, manufacturer of “America’s favorite pasta sauce.”  The ship will return to Manhattan the same evening once shooting is completed. Lilac will be towed by Miller’s Tug and Barge, Inc. based on Staten Island.

Lilac is the last steam-powered lighthouse tender in America and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is eligible to become a National Historic Landmark. Launched on May 26, 1933, she served the U.S. Lighthouse Service and then the U.S. Coast Guard until she was decommissioned in 1972. Lilac is currently being restored as a unique vehicle for maritime education and community activities and is berthed at Hudson River Park’s Pier 25 in New York City.  More information may be found at and at

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee via Mary Habstritt of The Lilac Preservation Project