Maine Sea Coast Mission Collection
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Collection Identifier(s)
Maine Sea Coast Mission, Accession 2157, 2157
Maine Sea Coast Mission, Accession 2351, 2351
Credit: Maine Sea Coast Mission Collection, Northeast Historic Film. The Mission's ship Sunbeam III is launched in ice-filled waters, Damariscotta ME, December 1939.
Credit: Maine Sea Coast Mission Collection, Northeast Historic Film. The Mission's ship Sunbeam III is launched in ice-filled waters, Damariscotta ME, December 1939.
Primary Format and Extent
film (36,612 ft.) : si., b&w and col. ; 16 mm.
Collection Date Range
1927 - 1966
Summary
The Maine Sea Coast Mission Collection contains 104 reels of 16 mm. film shot by members of the Maine Sea Coast Mission between 1927 and 1966, consisting of feature-length films, titles, outtakes, home movies and commercial films. Home movies within the collection contain views of the Mission’s travels to the Adirondacks in New York; Quebec, Canada; Gould Farm for adult rehabilitation in Monterey, Massachusetts; Germany; Norway; Egypt; Italy; Palestine; Greece, and include footage of gypsy camps in Syria. The Collection contains eight feature-length films, including: By Land And Sea, Mission By Sea, God’s Tugboat, Cruising With The Sunbeam, Fishers Of Men, Salt Water Parish, Maine Sea Coast Mission and Faith Is The Substance.

These films document the activities of the Maine Sea Coast Mission, offering views of Maine’s isolated island communities, fishing, lighthouses (including visits to the Portland Lightship), winter and summer seascapes, ministry aboard the Sea Coast Mission sloops, and rural churches served by mission pastors in Cherryfield, Maine.

Biographical/Historical Notes
Maine Sea Coast Mission was organized in 1905 at Bar Harbor Congregational Church in Bar Harbor, Maine. The Mission was founded by pastor brothers Angus and Alexander MacDonald, who took the first Mission boat, a sloop called Hope, and traveled to isolated island communities off the coast of Maine. The Maine Sea Coast Mission has been serving islands and coastal communities of Downeast Maine by providing food staples, reading materials, clothing, scholarships, senior companions, and emergency assistance since 1918.

The Maine Sea Coast Mission has its administrative offices as well as classroom and meeting space at the Colket Center, located in Bar Harbor, Maine, where it houses its archives, including a collection of historical artifacts. The Mission has a 60-acre Downeast Campus in Milbridge, Maine, which houses the Ed Greaves Educational Center, Downeast Food Pantry, and the Weald Bethel Center for Spirituality and Personal Growth. The Mission sloop, Sunbeam V, is also an important part of conducting business. Telemedicine equipment aboard Sunbeam V allows for Island Health Services to provide medical attention and doctor visits via closed circuit television. The boat also serves as space for services, fellowships, various meetings and meals. Maine Sea Coast Mission celebrated its centennial in 2005.

People and Organizations
Maine Sea Coast Mission
Place(s)
Repository
Northeast Historic Film
Availability
The Collection is open for research.
Condition Governing Reproduction and Use
Authorization to reuse and/or reproduce must be obtained from Northeast Historic Film. See http://www.oldfilm.org/research for more information.
Items in this collection: 45
Showing 1 - 10 of 45:
1) "By Land and Sea"
Additional viewing notes: Intertitle: "Since 1905 The Maine Sea Coast Missionary Society of Bar Harbor has carried the Christian gospel to isolated Maine island and coastal settlements...more
2) "Mission By Sea"
Screening notes: Intertitle: "This film tells the dramatic story of The Maine Sea Coast Mission which has, on a year-round basis, since 1905 served the scattered people of the Maine c...more
3) "God's Tugboat"
Screening notes: Intertitle: "The Sunbeam, serving as a Christian guardian, travels thousands of miles each year to provide extra security which transforms grim existence into tolerabl...more
4) "Cruising with the Sunbeam"
Intertitle: "The Maine Sea Coast Missionary Society Presents" Intertitle: "Cruising with the 'Sunbeam'" Intertitle: "Along the coast of Maine are scattered many lighthouses - " Inte...more
5) [Maine Sea Coast Mission--production outtakes] Reel 1
These scenes appearing in this reel are outtakes or duplicates of scenes from the edited films produced by The Maine Sea Coast Mission. Several winter scenes of Sunbeam at a dock. Vie...more
6) [Maine Sea Coast Mission--production outtakes] Reel 2
The scenes appearing in this reel are outtakes or duplicates of scenes from the edited films produced by The Maine Sea Coast Mission. Scenes of schoolchildren served by the Mission....more
7) [Maine Sea Coast Mission--production outtakes] Reel 3
These scenes appearing in this reel are outtakes or duplicates of scenes from the edited films produced by The Maine Sea Coast Mission. Views of a group of LPG tanks on a dock ready...more
8) [Maine Sea Coast Mission--production outtakes] Reel 4
These scenes appearing in this reel are outtakes or duplicates of scenes from the edited films produced by The Maine Sea Coast Mission. A casket is loaded aboard Sunbeam at one end of...more
9) [Maine Sea Coast Mission--production outtakes] Reel 5
These scenes appearing in this reel are outtakes or duplicates of scenes from the edited films produced by The Maine Sea Coast Mission View of a coastal lighthouse, Sunbeam pulling a m...more
10) [Maine Sea Coast Mission-- production outtakes] Reel 6
These scenes appearing in this reel are outtakes or duplicates of scenes from the edited films produced by The Maine Sea Coast Mission Views of Sunbeam underway, then at a fisherman's...more
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