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April 2015
Alma Doepel Art Exhibition

Alma Doepel Art Exhibition

An exhibition of paintings and photographs of Alma Doepel, the historic topsail schooner. Opening 6pm Friday 17th April. Exhibition open 10am to 5pm  Saturday 18th, Sunday 19th, Saturday 25th, Sunday 26th April Docklands Ocean Education Centre Shed 2, North Wharf

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Alma Doepel Open Day

Alma Doepel Open Day

Celebrating the National Trust Heritage Festival “Conflict & Compassion” and held in conjunction with a unique and varied art exhibition we are pleased to announce our 2015 Open Day at the shed. Sunday 19th April 10am to 4pm Shed 2,

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Restoration Wish List

We need $6,000 for the purchase of Douglas Fir and glue for this yard and this will allow John to order the timber and complete the 16th of the total of 17 spars needed for Alma’s rig (the final spar to be built will be the cargo derrick).
The funds could be provided as a single donation or by a group and will be tax-deductible if paid through the National Trust Alma Doepel Appeal Fund.
Also on the wish list is a good quality (around 1000W) mains-powered 235mm circular saw for wood cutting. This is used for cutting heavy hardwood frames and for rounding spars.
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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.