come to LILAC’s 80 birthday celebration this sunday!

Posted in Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2013/05/21


This Sunday, USCGC LILAC (WAGL-227) is turning 80. Come for local crafts, local brews, music and mirth.

LILAC ran on steam, and you can go into her engine room, imagine it running and sounding like the engine room of San Pablo of Sand Pebbles, and peer into the big cylinder where a piston was removed. Keep one hand in your pocket if you venture near the main electric board with the Frankenstein switches. Better yet: don’t go near there.

Lilac has a diesel stove.
When Girlfriend with a Tanker tried to make paella for her SupperClub on her diesel stove, the passing ferries threw wakes that kept sloshing the broth out over the low freeboard of the paella pan. And if that is not difficult enough: there’s no way to control the heat.

One tugboat crew cut rings of varying thicknesses from a discarded steel drum picked up along the KVK, stacking and swapping  metal rings while cooking until done.
“You want those eggs how? hahahaha.”

Class: Lighthouse Tender, Buoy Tender
Launched: 1933
At: Pusey & Jones Shipyard in Wilmington, Delaware

Length: 173 feet, 4 inches
Beam: 32 feet
Draft: 11 feet, 3 inches
Displacement: 1,012 tons
Propulsion:Two 500 HP triple expansion engines supplied by two oil-fired Babcock & Wilcox watertube boilers.
Armament: During WW II, 3 inch 50 cal., two 20mm 80 cal., and two racks of depth charges.

information from Naval Historic Ships Association

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  1. walt stevens said, on 2013/05/21 at 18:42

    The True Story by Jim Mooney: My Friend! My Brother! My Shipmate!, It’s on the computer, and a really good read! Jim Mooney was the Night Engineer on the Lilac……
    And Then there are Lilac Bushes along the Hudson River Greenway, North of 110th Street Before the Binghamton, And they have a really good smell right now they’re in full bloom.

  2. lngcoldfacts said, on 2013/05/21 at 21:22


    I once baked a chicken in the HAWKINS POINT’s diesel stove in 20 minutes flat – and burned it at that.

    It taught me the lesson that using a diesel stove is like using a wood stove. You have to get it stable at or at least near the desired temperature before you start – then don’t fool with the fuel wheel until the food is done. But if you do that, you *can* bake in a diesel stove, and we subsequently did some good meals in ours. Old Captain Charlie used to make delicious cornbread in a big iron skillet in that oven.

    We DID eat the chicken, or at least some if it. Tugboatmen are tough! And foolish, too.

  3. mageb said, on 2013/05/22 at 08:46

    If I were there, I would tie bells to my toes and come dance. Love your notes today. And too, I have a drawing on the board….it’s been years.

  4. Short Girl (@short__girl) said, on 2013/05/24 at 07:36

    I wish I could go!!!

  5. walt stevens said, on 2013/05/25 at 13:50

    The San Pablo! It’s right Here at Pier 25!
    Along with The Pitch and Roll of the Marine Environment!
    And some really good programs this weekend!
    Thanks for Sharing!

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