Maine

Sunbeam | Photographs

A collection of images celebrating the work of the Maine Sunbeam missionary boat from photographer Carl Tremblay.

By Heather Marcus

Oct 15 2014

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Lobster traps piled high on the docks in Matinicus Harbor.

Photo Credit : Carl Tremblay
Photographer Carl Tremblay traveled with deputy editor Ian Aldrich to capture the work aboard the Sunbeam missionary boat in Maine for our 2014 holiday feature Mission to Maine. The boat and crew bring medical help  and spiritual guidance to the residents of Maine’s small, year-round island communities, forming an important link to the mainland. The following photographs are some of our favorites that didn’t make it to the print edition. They capture the beauty of this often harsh winter landscape along with some of the faces, both young and old, of those who call these Maine islands home.
Sea smoke in Frenchboro Harbor.
Sea smoke in Frenchboro Harbor.
Photo Credit : Carl Tremblay
Detail inside the Frenchboro Church.
Detail inside the Frenchboro Church.
Photo Credit : Carl Tremblay
The Sunbeam anchored in Frenchboro Harbor during a snow squall.
The Sunbeam anchored in Frenchboro Harbor during a snow squall.
Photo Credit : Carl Tremblay
A Frenchboro lobsterman and his family gather aboard the Sunbeam.
A Frenchboro lobsterman and his family gather aboard the Sunbeam.
Photo Credit : Carl Tremblay
Isle au Haut resident Billy Barter gazes out one of the boat's windows.
Isle au Haut resident Billy Barter gazes out one of the boat’s windows.
Photo Credit : Carl Tremblay
Isle au Haut's diminutive post office.
Isle au Haut’s diminutive post office.
Photo Credit : Carl Tremblay
Crew members from the Sunbeam walking to visit residents on Isle au Haut's snowy back roads.
Crew members from the Sunbeam walking to visit residents on Isle au Haut’s snowy back roads.
Photo Credit : Carl Tremblay
Robinson's Lighthouse seen upon the boat's departure from Isle au Haut.
Robinson’s Lighthouse seen upon the boat’s departure from Isle au Haut.
Photo Credit : Carl Tremblay
Lobster traps piled high on the docks in Matinicus Harbor.
Lobster traps piled high on the docks in Matinicus Harbor.
Photo Credit : Carl Tremblay
Matinicus Harbor lobstermen cross the cold waters.
Matinicus Harbor lobstermen cross the cold waters.
Photo Credit : Carl Tremblay
Pastor Rob Benson en route to visit a resident on Matinicus.
Pastor Rob Benson en route to visit a resident on Matinicus.
Photo Credit : Carl Tremblay
RN Sharon Daly visits with a Matinicus local.
RN Sharon Daly visits with a Matinicus local.
Photo Credit : Carl Tremblay
A small home dimly glows in the early evening on Matinicus.
A small home dimly glows in the early evening on Matinicus.
Photo Credit : Carl Tremblay
Sunbeam at low tide in Matinicus Harbor.
Sunbeam at low tide in Matinicus Harbor.
Photo Credit : Carl Tremblay
Residents from Matinicus Island and members of the Sunbeam crew gather together for a Christmas service on board the boat.
Residents from Matinicus Island and members of the Sunbeam crew gather together for a Christmas service on board the boat.
Photo Credit : Carl Tremblay
Early morning lobstermen begin their day in Matinicus Harbor.
Early morning lobstermen begin their day in Matinicus Harbor.
Photo Credit : Carl Tremblay