BDN – Boat Connecting ME’s Islands to Telemedicine Returns for Flu Season
Boat connecting Maine’s islands to telemedicine will return just in time for flu season
by Abigail Curtis
October 5, 2020
BELFAST, Maine — For a quarter century, Maine Seacoast Mission’s ship Sunbeam V has brought telemedicine, meals, fellowship, care and cups of coffee to the people who live in Maine’s year-round island communities.
But for the last year and a half, the steel-hulled ship with the white cross on the prow has been absent from coastal waters as it underwent a $1.5 million refit at Front Street Shipyard in Belfast.
Front Street Shipyard crew members, who were putting the finishing touches on the Sunbeam this week, said it’s been a pleasure to work on the boat.
“It’s nice to work on a project that’s going to stay here in Maine, and go to the islands, which really need this boat,” [Front Street Shipyard project manager Graham] Fitch said.