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Look up! Look up!

It’s time to start thinking of Alma’s rigging

 The ticks on the project list of tasks to get Alma Doepelback into the water are growing and the lift ship which will take Almaoff her barge and return her to the water is currently scheduled to be in Melbourne in early May 2021.

Which means we can begin to see beyond the hull work which has been the focus for so long and look up to the rigging. Masts and all but one of the spars have been restored, but first of all we need the chain plates, pin rails and the wire for the standing rigging, and then the running rigging.

The chain plates cost $6,000, the skilled shipwright labour to fit the chain plates is another $9,000, plus the associated work on pin rails, margin boards and stanchions brings the cost of all these items to $18,000. When we add in the hundreds of metres of standing rigging wire and fittings required, the total cost of the standing rigging to support the masts is $30,000.

So our first campaign for 2021 is the “Look up!” Rigging Campaign, with the target – $30,000.

May we look to you, our wonderful donors who have contributed so much to the restoration work to date, to contribute to the “Look up!” Rigging Campaign. Your donations are tax deductible and through your generosity we can be ready to start on the next stage of Alma’srestoration – putting the ship back together again once she is returned to the water.

You can donate online on this page

All donations of $2.00 or more are tax deductible

A tax receipt will be issued 

All donors are recorded in the history of the ship

By donating you are leaving a legacy for all to see

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“Look up!” to Alma’s rigging

Support us to get everything we need to start work on Alma Doepel’s rigging during the next stage of the project, once the ship is returned to water in May 2021*.

The “Look up” Rigging Campaign needs to raise $30,000

It’s our first fundraising campaign for 2021

May we ask you to please be as generous as you can

You can donate online right here


Alma Doepel Rigging -Port Macquarie

Alma Doepel’s standing rigging during the period the ship was idle in Port Macquarie, NSW, before her return to Melbourne for restoration in 2009


* May 2021 is the planned date for Alma Doepel’s return to water. This is dependent on the lift ship’s arrival in Melbourne. The date will be confirmed as soon as possible.