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June 2015
Book Now For Gala Lunch with Peter Hitchener

Book Now For Gala Lunch with Peter Hitchener

 Join Peter Hitchener from Channel 9 and other distinguished guests from Melbourne’s business community to rally behind this unique and worthy cause. Come and help raise money to continue providing youth programs and restore Alma Doepel. Medallion Room Etihad Stadium

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Alma needs new Knees!

Alma needs new Knees!

Alma’s knees – Raising $5000 in 60 days! A key part of the repair is restoring Alma’s 50 wooden ‘knees’ – structural bracing for Alma’s hull. Professional shipbuilders have found that 35 of the knees can be repaired in-situ, but

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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.