Category: Sunbeam

Mission’s 1905 ‘Morning Star’ Boat Restoration in Minnesota

BAR HARBOR, ME — Last year we were contacted by the present owner of the Sunbeam V’s predecessor, the Sunbeam IV which was operating as a fishing boat in Ketchikan, Alaska. This year, about two weeks after the Sunbeam V started its refitting process, we received an email from Rebecca Peterson with St. Paul Shipwrights,…

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‘Sunbeam V’ Refit Update: Getting Into the Nitty Gritty

BELFAST, ME — As Sunbeam Captain Michael Johnson says, “We’re getting into the nitty gritty now.” The one photo, courtesy Front Street Shipyard in Belfast, ME, shows the Sunbeam V inside, out of the elements, ready for refit. The second photo, courtesy Capt. Johnson, is the “nitty gritty” refit work underway in the Sunbeam salon.

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Village Soup: A Floating Health Clinic with a Mission

VillageSoup.com Front Street Shipyard refits Sunbeam V A floating health clinic with a mission By Fran Gonzalez | Jun 03, 2019 BELFAST — The first thing you notice when looking at the Sunbeam V, a black and white 74-foot steel boat docked at Front Street Shipyard, is the large cross painted on the bow. According…

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‘Sunbeam V’ Lifted Out of Water; Begins Routine Major Refit

NORTHEAST HARBOR, ME — Captain Michael Johnson sent this photo with a note: “I always think of the Sunbeam as being a decent sized vessel, but she is dwarfed by Front Street Shipyard’s lift.” The Sunbeam is having a routine major refit. It is scheduled to be back in Mission service by Christmas 2019. Meanwhile,…

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Moving Day – The ‘Sunbeam’ Limitless Nooks and Crannies

NORTHEAST HARBOR, ME — Anyone who has ever experienced the bliss of packing for a move from one house or apartment to another will understand this short email message from Sunbeam V Captain Mike Johnson: “Decommissioning has commenced.  Boats always amaze me with their limitless nooks and crannies.” Except for items needed for the run…

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Seacoast Mission Chooses Front Street Shipyard for ‘Sunbeam V’ Refit

BAR HARBOR, ME — The Maine Seacoast Mission has decided on Front Street Shipyard of Belfast, ME to complete the midlife refurbishment of the Mission’s 74-foot boat, Sunbeam V. Captain Michael Johnson expects the boat will be at Front Street Shipyard next month for the extensive refit. Capt. Mike Johnson said, “The Sunbeam’s last trip ends…

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Maine Islands Have Figured Out How to Do Elder Care

BAR HARBOR, ME — Thank you, Down East magazine, and contributing editor Jesse Ellison for your excellent May 2019 piece, “No Elder an Island.” The Mission’s Island Health Director, Sharon Daley, RN, is a pioneer in Maine unbridged island adult family care homes. Among Director Daley’s work with island communities aboard the ‘Sunbeam,’ she also…

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Easter ‘Sunbeam’ at Isle au Haut: Feeding Body, Mind and Soul

ABOARD THE SUNBEAM — “Despite the high southerly winds, sea height and fog, the Sunbeam and crew made it to Isle au Haut on Saturday, April 20th to celebrate Easter. We had a lively and festive church service on the boat, with Hunt and Allison Smith of Steuben providing music on fiddle and accordion. Douglas’…

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Mass General Neurologist Offers Support to Sunbeam’s Telemedicine Work

BAR HARBOR, ME — “Monday, April 15, I spent an amazing day at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) thanks to Anand Viswanathan, MD, PhD,” said the Mission’s Island Health Director Sharon Daley, RN. Director Daley’s was somewhat of a full-circle visit. In May 2018, at the invitation of then-Mission President Scott Planting, Dr. Anand spent three…

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April and Still Winter on Isle au Haut

ABOARD THE SUNBEAM, ME — An April 10, 2019 photo with a succinct message from Sunbeam V Captain Michael Johnson: “‘Still winter on Isle au Haut.” Learn more about the Sunbeam V crew’s work on Isle au Haut and other unbridged Maine island communities.  

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