ROCKPORT — Crew from Maine Seacoast Mission’s Sunbeam V visited the Fishermen’s Forum held at the Samoset Resort from March 2-4.
Director of Island Outreach Douglas Cornman, Director of Island Health Sharon Daly, Captain Mike Johnson, engineer Storey King and steward Jillian were on hand to share with members of the fishing community the services that Sunbeam V provides to the outer islands.
“We wanted to both build awareness of Maine Seacoast Mission and the work of the Sunbeam V,” Cornman said. “We wanted to bring awareness of our current work with the outer islands and let the fishing communities know that Sunbeam is still doing work on the outer islands.”
Cornman said several people from up and down the coast approached the crew to reminisce on Sunbeam memories from their childhood.
“It was really a wonderful experience to listen to folks in the fishing community come and share their stories about times they had been on Sunbeam when they were kids or relay stories they’ve heard from their grandparents or great uncles about the Sunbeam coming to their island, coastal community or lighthouse to bring services,” Cornman said.
While many people recognize the Sunbeam name, Cornman said it was important for the crew to share what Sunbeam V does now.
“So many people are not aware of current technology,” he said. “They are aware of what the boat did 20, 30, 40 years ago. We’ve been around for 112 years, and we really wanted to help the fishing community better understand our current work and how we are using advances in technology to bring spiritual, physical and emotional health care for the outer island communities the medical suite onboard the vessel to connect patients to their primary care or mental health providers on the mainland through telemedicine.”
Cornman said that not only did the Sunbeam V crew’s appearance at the Fishermen’s Forum shine light on the Maine Seacoast Mission’s services, but the interaction with members of the fishing community also helped the crewmembers themselves.
“As a crew member, it helped me understand the deep responsibility we have and to maintain a standard of service,” said Cornman. “It really is an honor to be apart of the crew.”