The Island Mercy; our hospital ship in the Pacific
1983 – 2001
This hospital ship traveled the Caribbean, Central and South America for 11 years as the Good Samaritan. During that decade, it carried cargo and people to the Pan American Games for theU.S. Olympic Committee in 1991, and became the first ship to officially sail between the United States and Cuba in 30 years. In 1994, the ship underwent a major renovation including the addition of operating rooms. The hospital ship was renamed the Island Mercy.
The Island Mercy was renamed and redeployed to serve the islands of the South Pacific, based in New Zealand.
This hospital ship was the smallest to serve in the Mercy Ships fleet, replaced by the larger Caribbean Mercy with more capacity to provide medical services. The Island Mercy was part of the Mercy Ships fleet until 2001 when it was gifted to another charity.