While its boat the Sunbeam is out of commission, an organization that offers services to residents of Maine’s outer islands will use the “Moonbeam” instead.
The Maine Seacoast Mission said Tuesday that elementary school students on the islands it serves picked “Moonbeam” as the name of its interim outreach vessel. The group said the name won out over “Hope” and “Promineo.”
“Hope was the name given to the Mission’s first vessel launched in 1905. Promineo is the Latin word meaning ‘to reach out,’” said Douglas Cornman, the mission’s island outreach director. “So, the Sunbeam crew will be traveling around on a Moonbeam this summer and fall while our beloved Sunbeam is enjoying its much needed refit.”
The mission is a non-denominational ecumenical nonprofit organization that provides pastoral, educational and medical support to residents of several offshore islands and Down East coastal towns. A nurse meets with island residents aboard the Sunbeam, and the vessel also brings performers and artists to the islands.
A news reporter in coastal Maine for more than 20 years, Bill Trotter writes about how the Atlantic Ocean and the state's iconic coastline help to shape the lives of coastal Maine residents and visitors....
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