Island living presents unique challenges. Isolation can take its toll. Populations are small and gatherings are few. Going off-island for necessities or medical appointments can be very difficult: even simple chores can be complex on a remote island.
The Sunbeam and its crew bring a welcome respite, offering a warm meeting place, the opportunity to visit with crew members familiar with island living, and health care via the ship’s medical staff and state-of-the-art telehealth facilities. About 90% of residents on the outer islands we visit use the Sunbeam’s services.
Our current vessel, the Sunbeam V, is 74-feet long with a 22-foot beam and a seven-foot draft, built by Washburn and Doughty in East Boothbay, Maine. Launching in 1995, it was recently refitted at Front Street Shipyard in Belfast, Maine, and returned to service in 2020. The Sunbeam has a 450 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.
Learn more on the History page.
When we go aboard the Sunbeam, we’re getting together with family. -Brenda
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