Category: Sunbeam

Down East Stories of Giving Back – Maine Seacoast Mission

Stories of Giving Back Maine’s nonprofit community provides helping hands wherever there’s need, and offer much to say thanks for this season.downeast.com Hope Floats By land and by sea, Maine Seacoast Mission offers a lifeline to residents of islands and Down East coastal communities. From the moment Brenda Clark stepped foot on Isle au Haut,…

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‘Moonbeam’ Carries Crew to Work During ‘Sunbeam V’s Absence

NORTHEAST HARBOR, ME — Moonbeam is the Mission’s interim boat while the Sunbeam V undergoes its routine major refit. To carry on their work on Maine unbridged islands, the Sunbeam crew relies on Moonbeam and Captain Storey King to carry them to the islands and back. Sometimes Sunbeam crew members go to work using other…

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‘Sunbeam V’ Update: The Varnish Crew Who Make the Boat’s Wood Shine

BELFAST, ME — Sunbeam V Captain Mike Johnson, while overseeing the Sunbeam‘s routine major refit at Front Street Shipyard in Belfast, ME, has been sending us photos and praise for the Front Street boat builders for their stellar work in repairing all aspects of the Sunbeam. “These gentlemen,” writes Capt. Mike in his latest update,…

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The Important Work of Telemedicine on Maine Islands

The important work of telemedicine on Maine islands By Maine Seacoast Mission • September 12, 2019 For Maine’s island residents, accessing even basic health care is a significant challenge. Trips to the mainland, when possible, are expensive and time consuming. Since 1905, the Maine Seacoast Mission has played a vital role connecting residents of Maine’s…

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Eye Doctor Boards ‘Moonbeam,’ Provides 18 Eye Exams on Swan’s Island

BAR HARBOR, ME — On August 30 Dr Kurt H. Kelley, MD of Mid Coast Eye Associates, Bath, ME and Island Health Services Director Sharon Daley, RN traveled to Swan’s Island aboard the Mission’s interim boat, Moonbeam, to provide free eye exams. Dr Kelley is able to provide screenings for glaucoma and cataracts and prescribe…

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Sunbeam Updater – Captain Says, “Progress is Being Made”

BAR HARBOR, ME — Over the weekend, Sunbeam V Captain Michael Johnson sent photo updates on the boat’s routine major refit: The final coat of epoxy has been applied and new bilge plumbing is being installed in the accommodation section. The floor will hopefully be fitted next week. Progress is being made! John Armstrong is…

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Special Times and People on Isle au Haut

BAR HARBOR, ME — The Mission boat, Sunbeam V, is never better loved, perhaps, than when island communities gather for companionship and a meal inside the Sunbeam salon. Sunbeam Steward Jillian always has delicious food to offer. Jillian’s meals, in turn, are often enhanced by homemade dishes brought aboard the Sunbeam by islanders. With the…

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Video Profile – ‘Sunbeam V’ Captain and Crew 2019

BAR HARBOR, ME — This profile of the Captain and crew of Maine Seacoast Mission’s iconic ‘Sunbeam V’ is part of a short film by Jeff Dobbs, presented at the Mission’s Sunbeam Award Gala 2019. We present this video as the best introduction yet of the Sunbeam crew’s work among Maine unbridged island communities. Learn…

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Sunbeam Updater – Shipyard Takes Apart Pilothouse Electrical System

BAR HARBOR, ME — Front Street Shipyard posted one more eye opening photo of the Sunbeam V undergoing its routine major refit. Front Street’s caption for this photo is: We’re disassembling all of the electrical/electronics in SUNBEAM’s pilothouse. Thank you, Front Street. Meanwhile, the Sunbeam V crew continues their work on Maine unbridged islands on…

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