Maritime and Port Chaplains


Capt. San Juan “Sandy” Dunbar was remembered at a special memorial wreath laying off of Portland Head Light on May 30th.  Fr. Jeff Monroe, Port Chaplain, led the service.  Capt. Dunbar, 1937-2015, was a fixture in the Port of Portland.  A graduate of Maine Maritime Academy, he served for over 35 years as a ship’s pilot in Portland Harbor.  He was also the National President of the Propeller Club of the United States.  The memorial service, conducted on the M/V PLANTE  was attended by the Members of the Board of Executives of the Propeller Club as well as local dignitaries. He participated in the opening of St. Augustine’s Mission in Old Orchard Beach and was involved in a number of maritime services and events at St. Paul’s Church in Portland when it had served as the Mariner’s Church.


Capt. Monroe also conducted a blessing of the S/V HARVEY GAMAGE.  The schooner, built in Maine at the well known Gamage Shipyard and named for its owner, was recently rebuilt and will continue to be used as a sail training ship.  Owned by Portland Yacht Services, the 125 foot schooner has hosted scores of students interested in learning about how to handle sailing ships.  The ship was built along the design of a Grand Banks Fishing Schooner in 1979. 

Linda Mallik