Donate now to Float Alma in 2020

The Alma Doepel Restoration Project has reached the final stage in the restoration of Alma’s hull prior to returning her to the water and to vital youth sail training programs. But there is now considerable urgency as the developers move along North Wharf, ever closer to our restoration site.

When will they reach us? We have been advised this could be by mid 2020.

That means we have a deadline to have our ship back in the water where she belongs, by mid 2020. That also means we need to raise the funds to make this possible.

We are launching a once-only call for funds for this purpose.

We need your help now to raise the funds to buy the remaining hull frames and planks and set our experienced shipwright team to work to float Alma in 2020.

The total to be raised is $795,000 and those funds need to be phased over the coming months to buy timber and keep the shipwrights at work.

It’s easy to donate and your donation is tax deductible.

May we count on your support?

Help us Float Alma in 2020 – Donate Now


$25 provides varnish to protect Alma’s timbers

$50 provides nails to secure Alma’s hull planks

$100 provides glue to laminate Alma’s hull supports

$250 provides hand tools and electrical equipment for the restoration

$500 Buys a Plank
A $500 donation provides an entire spotted gum hull plank and earns the donor (or their nominee) a place on the Alma Doepel Honour Board

Sponsor enquiries and invoice requests to or call 0412 570 196

In addition to funds raised for work on Alma to return the hull to the water, a grant of $42,000 has been received from the Victorian Government under the “Victoria Remembers Grant Program 2016-2017” to create an exhibit of Alma’s war service during WW2.