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The Alma Doepel is a three masted topsail schooner, Australian built and operated, with more than a hundred years of history behind her, and with more history yet to be written.
The aim of this website is to make information available to the public about Alma herself, her history, the selfless people who have and continue to keep her alive and sailing and the plans for her future.

Open Day and The Art of Alma Exhibition

We have pleasure in announcing two events at Shed 2, North Wharf Rd at Docklands :

The Art of Alma Exhibition An exhibition of paintings and photographs of the historic schooner, Alma Doepel.
The exhibition will assist with raising funds for the restoration project.
Opening 6pm Friday 16 May, then 10am to 5pm on Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th May
and Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th May

Click here for the art exhibition flyer

Also our Open Day at Alma Doepel will give our supporters an opportunity to view progress on the many aspects of the restoration project. This is a fund raising event and our contribution to the National Trust's Heritage Festival.
Sunday 18th May, 10am to 4pm

Open Day Flyer

Restoration Wish List

We have urgent need of the following items to progress the restoration:

We have reached another milestone in the restoration of our 1903 topsail schooner Alma Doepel. The ship has now been lifted from the water on a floating barge designed by our restoration team.
We need your help to raise the funds to set our experienced shipwright team to work on the hull.
We invite you to "buy a plank for Alma" - you will become part of Alma Doepel'ís history. Your name will be recorded for posterity on Alma's Honour Board and the location of your plank on the ship's hull. A real talking point and something for the family memoirs.

Click here for details and donation form.

Granted Wishes

Full ahead on the fore topmast: In another remarkable act of generosity, a serial donor has contributed the full $5,000 for the purchase of timber and glue for construction of the fore topmast. This will allow John Williamson and his support team to order the timber and complete the last of the three new topmasts - great work to all involved!

We are delighted to have received a very fine (and large) drill donated by David Wood of
Direct Power Generators Pty Ltd.

David has kindly donated services and equipment to Alma over many years and this is yet another generous contribution at just the right time. Thank you David!
Second drill received: Many thanks to Jennifer Jaeger for donation of a smaller drill also with the required chuck size and with reverse. Thanks Jennifer!
Thanks also to Robert Vandestadt, Hon. Treasurer for Sail & Adventure Limited, for donation of a number of small power tools including a bandsaw. These will see regular use by the volunteers involved in many aspects of the restoration.


From April, the monthly BBQ will be replaced with guided tours and BBQs for groups and special events.
A great activity for your organisation or a group of friends, we can offer a guided tour of Alma's shed and the ship.
View the many activities involved in the restoration of a 110 year old Australian built sailing ship.
We can include a sausage sizzle, wine, tea, coffee and soft drink at Docklands for around $10 per person.

To organise your visit please email us or phone Hermione on 0402 415 034.

NEWSLETTER - December 2013 

Buy a Plank graphic

Alma Doepel Restoration Site
Shed 2, North Wharf Road, Victoria Harbour, Docklands, 3008

Open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10am – 5pm
Visitors and volunteers welcome. Also monthly get-togethers.
For more information and a map -[Click here]

The ship is being restored to once again deliver sail training as part of Alma's youth development programs which have proven to realise the true potential of young people from all walks of life.
Sail training has also provided entry into a permanent career for many trainees.

Alma's Floating Dock


December 2013 -

Replacement of the frames on the topsides & mid-ships areas is well advanced. Frame sections are being fastened with bolts and dumps prior to planking. 
The new main topmast has been completed. John Williamson's team has started work on fabricating the mizzen topmast.
The restoration timeline was announced at the Birthday Dinner. Subject to funding, the ship is planned to be back in the water by the end of 2014 for the ship to be re-commissioned on Australia Day 2016.


Alma Doepel has been added to the Australia Register of Heritage Vessels:

Alma Doepel's nomination was recently approved by the Council of ARHV, a national register under the auspices of the Australian National Maritime Museum.

The entry for Alma is on the ARHV web-site either by searching for "Alma" or using the alphabetical "Vessel list".


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