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.