This month, The Apprenticeshop partners with Maine Boats, Home & Harbors to present In Our Wake: Maine’s Maritime Heritage on Film, a series of screenings of historic films in Bucksport and Rockland, two coastal cities that have strong maritime heritages.

The series will debut Thursday, March 4 at the Alamo Theater in Bucksport, home of Northeast Historic Film. On Thursday, March 11, the Second Thursdays at the Apprenticeshop Program Series will present the program at The Apprenticeshop headquarters, 643 Main St., Rockland. Doors will open 6:45 p.m. and the program will start at 7 p.m.

Avid maritime enthusiast John Hanson, publisher of Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine, will lead the exploration of clips from Northeast Historic Film and audiences will be asked to participate in identifying the vessels and locations depicted in these archived films. It is an opportunity to test one’s knowledge of traditional boat designs and see many of our seaports as they were decades ago.

From lobster pots and four-masted schooners to rescues at sea and fishing for tuna, the films step back in time to 1902 and then travel through the decades to explore Maine’s nautical past. Through the use of home movies, travelogues, silents and talkies, these moving pictures examine our state’s boats, harbors and people, with live commentary provided and lively audience participation encouraged.

“I love historic still photography, but these movies are really magic. Seeing our ancestors in motion at work and at play is both humbling and inspiring,” said Hanson.

The program will include “Drawing a Lobster Pot” from March 1901, which is the oldest film shot in the state of Maine that NHF has found to date. The film “Launching of the Doris Hamlin” shows the launch of a four-masted schooner in Harrington in 1919. The credits mention a man named Frye and describe him as the youngest ship builder in the world at the time. “From Stump to Ship” was shot in Machias in the 1930s and documents the logging operations of the era, from felling trees in winter to shipping finished wood products to market.

These are just a few of the pieces that will be shown during the on-screen journey, said David Weiss, executive director of Northeast Historic Film, adding “We are thrilled to work with Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors and know that this collaboration will lead to more great adventures.”

Admission is free March 4 at the Alamo Theatre on Main Street in Bucksport. The March 11 program is part of Atlantic Challenge’s winter lecture series and the $5 admission will go to support the programs of Atlantic Challenge.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to