Maine’s Maritime Chaplain

An article by Steve Cartwright on profiles Reverand Ted Hoskins, the former “boating chaplain” of Bar Harbor’s Seacoast Mission:

At 77, the Rev. Ted Hoskins isn’t sitting around. “I may get slowed down, but I don’t intend to slow down,” he said from his Blue Hill home.

To most island residents and to many others along the coast, from fishermen to summer folk, Hoskins is a trusted friend and advisor. For many years he was chaplain to the Bar Harbor-based Maine Seacoast Mission and its succession of boats all named Sunbeam. He was there for weddings, births, deaths and many things in-between. In all, he was aboard Sunbeam for about nine years and then spent another 5 years with the Mission on shore.

“I count that as a very special privilege, getting to know the people on the islands,” he said.

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