Exhibit Highlights Historic Ships At Steamship Lilac

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Hero Lilac in engine roomThe museum ship Lilac has opened for the summer at Hudson River Park’s Pier 25.  The exhibition Hero Project will be on view there through June 30.

With photographs by Jonathan Atkin, Hero Project is a selection from his on-going work-in-progress collaboration with dance artists aboard historic ships.  His mission is to increase visibility of our maritime heritage by reaching new non-maritime audiences. In the exhibition, dancers athletically grace the gritty vessels in oversize photographs mounted throughout Lilac, from the bridge to the engine room. For more on the project, see http://www.heroproject.us

The images show dancers on board the barque Peking of South Street Seaport Museum, one of the last windjammers ever built; PortSide New York’s Mary A. Whalen, a coastal oil tanker moored in Red Hook, Brooklyn; the S.S. United States, an ocean liner now in Philadelphia that set and still holds the speed record for crossing the Atlantic; the U.S.S. Turner Joy, a former Navy destroyer that served in the Vietnam War and now a museum ship in Bremerton, WA; and the former Coast Guard cutter Lilac.  All are owned or operated by non-profits seeking to preserve the vessels and share the stories of their historic significance.

Captain Jonathan Atkin has worked as a photojournalist and dance photographer.  Now a maritime photographer, he specializes in powerful and meticulously planned aerial and ship-to-ship media for all kinds of vessels in ports nationwide.  To learn more about Jonathan and his work, see http://www.shipshooter.com

Lilac is open to the public from 4:00 to 7:00 PM Thursdays and 2:00 to 7:00 PM Saturdays and Sundays (weather permitting) to explore the ship and to view the exhibition.  Admission is free.

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Lilac is the last steam-powered lighthouse tender in America. She is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is eligible to become a National Historic Landmark. Launched on May 26, 1933, she carried supplies to lighthouses and maintained buoys for the U.S. Lighthouse Service and then the U.S. Coast Guard until she was decommissioned in 1972. The ship is now owned by the non-profit Lilac Preservation Project and is operated as a museum.  More information may be found at http://www.lilacpreservationproject.org

Photos: Hero Lilac, featuring dancer Onyebuchi Anuforo, by Jonathan Atkin, hanging in Lilac’s engine room.

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