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November 2015
Love wine? and want to raise money for us too?

Love wine? and want to raise money for us too?

Another great way to help raise money for the Alma Doepel. The Supporters Club has arranged for some very palatable Alma Doepel labeled wines and port. There is something for every taste here. Find out more, see: buy wine and raise money

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September 2015
Voyage of a Lifetime Lunch Success

Voyage of a Lifetime Lunch Success

Our inaugural Voyage of a Lifetime Luncheon at the Medallion Club, Etihad Stadium on 28 August 2015 was a great success, a sell out with approximately 160 people in attendance. Attendees included our founding sponsors, Lend Lease, City of Melbourne

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July 2015
Alma Got New Knees!

Alma Got New Knees!

We did it! Thanks to the generosity of our supporters we’ve reached the target to fund Alma’s New Knees and still had 9 days to spare. If you’d like to donate and haven’t had the chance to pledge yet, the

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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.