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May 2016
Book Now For Gala Lunch with Simon McKeon

Book Now For Gala Lunch with Simon McKeon

Celebrating 100 years of the arrival of the Alma Doepel into Melbourne Join Simon McKeon, former Australian of the year, Monash University Chancellor. Businessman, Sailor and Philanthropist and Peter Hitchener Channel Nine News to support the restoration of the Alma

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Local wharves to live on through Alma

Docklands news recently published an article about reclaimed historic timber being used in the restoration of Alma Doepel. Read the article here.

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Videos

Videos

Take a look at some interesting YouTube videos that have been put together over the years… ‪Alma Doepel under restoration and on the high seas for Youth Sail Training‪ ‪Alma Doepel restoration progress report at the 110th birthday in 2013‪‪

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A BIG Thank You to all our guests on board the Alexander Stewart

A BIG Thank You to all our guests on board the Alexander Stewart

Thank you for joining us on the Alexander Stewart to help raise funds for the restoration of the Alma Doepel. Much work has already been accomplished, and we are $1.7m away from completing the restoration. Of this, $800k is needed

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April 2016
Alma Doepel Art Exhibition 7-8 May

Alma Doepel Art Exhibition 7-8 May

The annual exhibition of Alma Doepel’s paintings and photographs will be on display and available for purchase. It will be  upstairs in Docklands Ocean Education Centre, Shed 2 North Wharf Road, Docklands. A percentage of sales will be donated to the Alma Doepel Restoration

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Restoration Wish List

Many thanks to the generous support of Michael Morris, who has donated the circular saw. The saw is now in the workshop and ready for use.
Many thanks to the generous support of Michael Morris, who has donated the circular saw. The saw is now in the workshop and ready for use.

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Teamwork on the deck

Teamwork on the deck

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Team building

Team building

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Climbing the rigging

Climbing the rigging

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Climbing the rigging

Climbing the rigging

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About the Alma Doepel

Alma Doepel was built in 1903 in Bellingen, NSW, by Frederik Doepel, and named after his youngest daughter Alma. She sailed mainly around the coast of Australia, carrying goods such as timber, wheat and jam. She was also used in World War II as a supply vessel in Papua New Guinea, before returning to commercial service around Tasmania in 1946. From 1961 to 1975 she was stripped of her rigging and used to carry limestone, before being sold, for the scrap value of her engines, to the Melbourne company Sail & Adventure in 1976. Alma Doepel on custom-made barge undergoing hull work as part of complete restoration.
From 1976 to 1987, Alma Doepel was comprehensively restored and returned to full sail in magnificent style to lead the Parade of Sail in Sydney Harbour in January 1988. She was then used as a sail training ship, based in Melbourne, until 1999 when the need for work on the hull and lack of funds put a stop to this activity.
In April 2001, Alma Doepel was taken to Port Macquarie where she was berthed at Lady Nelson Wharf and open to the public as a static exhibit. In January 2009 the Alma Doepel returned to Melbourne. She is berthed at No 2 Victoria Dock (Melbourne) undergoing an extensive refit to return her to survey so she can recommense sail training.