Since its founding in 1905, the Maine Seacoast Mission has had a boat to serve the islands.
Our current vessel, the Sunbeam V, is 75-feet long with a beam of 21 feet and a seven-foot draft. It was built by Washburn and Doughty in East Boothbay, Maine. Launching in 1995, the Sunbeam has a 250 horsepower single-screw diesel engine that can cruise at 10 knots. With its steel-hull, the Sunbeam often serves as an ice breaker, helping to clear harbors and protect the boats moored there from ice damage.
The boat is equipped with state-of-the-art telemedicine equipment. It has a salon that serves as a meeting place for fellowship, meals, and meetings. The Sunbeam also sometimes hosts weddings and funerals. For inquiries about the Sunbeam, contact Director of Island Outreach, Douglas Cornman.
This 2019 video of the Sunbeam Captain and crew’s work among Maine unbridged islands is part of a short film for the Mission’s 16th Annual Sunbeam Award Gala.
Until we’re able to say hello face-to-face, please enjoy this Sunbeam Virtual Tour.