Tour the Sunbeam, the Mission’s Flagship Vessel 

by | Jun 27, 2024 | News

Photo of a 74-foot boat sits in blue bay waters beneath a sunny sky

Join the Mission this summer and tour our  74-foot service boat, the Sunbeam, this summer. Each Friday from July 5 to August 30 at 1:00 p.m., the public is welcome aboard the boat in Northeast Harbor marina. Visitors will learn about the organization’s history and its programming on unbridged islands and in the Downeast region. 

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The Mission’s first boat, Hope, was launched in 1905 and ever since, the Mission has offered services to residents of coastal Maine. The Sunbeam regularly visits six unbridged islands offering both outreach and medical services and provides support to residents of all of Maine’s 15 unbridged islands with a year-round population. Sunbeam V has been in service since 1995 and received a total refit in 2020. 

During the tour, attendees will glimpse Sunbeam’s inner workings, learn the Mission’s history of service, and understand what is needed to provide year-round services to island communities. 

“The Sunbeam is recognizable to many,” Mission President John Zavodny remarks, “While she visits with Maine islanders often, we’re excited to welcome the public aboard to learn more about the essential work that happens aboard the boat.” 

These kid-friendly tours are free and open to the public. Each tour lasts 20 minutes. Those interested in attending may sign up at Great Harbor Maritime Museum in Northeast Harbor or contact the Mission at (207) 801-6008 or email [email protected]. Please note the town dock and ramp are not accessible to wheelchairs. Visitors should be able to maneuver up and down stairs. 

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