Friday 23rd September Boarding 7pm for 7.30pm Join fellow Alma Doepel supporters for dinner on the largest purpose built wooden sailing ship in the world while alongside at Workshops Pier, Seaworks, 82 Nelson Place, Williamstown. $80 pp Savour the surroundings onRead more
Having left the UK in November 2015, Tall ship Tenacious will be gracing the Melbourne shores in August 2016. Lady Cutler Melbourne Showboat invites you to a beautiful harbour day-time cruise to welcome Tenacious to our shores. Bring you cameras and your lovedRead more
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 along with Peter Hitchener Channel Nine News to support the restoration of the Alma DoepelRead more
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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.