From Stump to Ship

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From Stump to Ship
Directed byAlfred K. Ames, Howard Kane
Distributed byNortheast Historic Film
Release date
Running time
30 minutes
CountryUnited States

From Stump to Ship is an amateur industrial film by Alfred K. Ames, former State Senator and owner of the Machias Lumber Company, in Machias, Maine as well as by Dr. Howard Kane of Washington, DC.[1] The half-hour 16mm film was shot over the winter of 1930 in the logging woods and shows logging in the forest with hand tools and horses, then moves to the spring log drive, with loggers using peaveys to break up log jams on icy rivers as the logs are moved from the forest to the mill. Detailed views of mill work, changing the bandsaw, and making shingles. Lumber is loaded onto schooners in Machias for transport to New York. The film was originally silent, with a typed script which Ames read aloud when he showed the film. In 1985, with funds from the Maine Humanities Council, the narration was recorded with the film.[2] The film is distributed by Northeast Historic Film, in Bucksport, Maine. Footage was included in the compilation documentary Woodsmen and River Drivers, Another Day, Another Era[3] which also interviewed the surviving woodsmen of the Machias Lumber Company.

In 2002, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".[4][5]


  1. ^ Janna Jones, Ph.D. (2003). "From forgotten film to a film archive: the curious history of From Stump to Ship". Film History: An International Journal. 15 (2): 193–202. doi:10.2979/fil.2003.15.2.193.
  2. ^ Janna Jones, Ph.D. (Fall 2004). "Confronting the Past in the Archival Film and the Contemporary Documentary". The Moving Image. 4 (2): x-21. doi:10.1353/mov.2004.0029. S2CID 194078462.
  3. ^ "Woodsmen and River Drivers - $19.95 : Northeast Historic Film, Online Store". Retrieved July 20, 2016.
  4. ^ "Librarian of Congress Adds 25 Films to National Film Registry". Library of Congress. December 17, 2002. Retrieved September 1, 2012.
  5. ^ "Complete National Film Registry Listing". Library of Congress. Retrieved June 16, 2020.

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