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  Alma Doepel - Tall Ship

Alma Doepel |
tall ship Alma Doepel at Port Macquarie, Australia, 2007
Photograph by Roberto Arias. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)


The Alma Doepel is an Australian three-masted topsail schooner. She is currently owned by Sail & Adventure Limited and is undergoing an extensive renovation and refit, before her planned return to service as a sail training ship with Youth Sail Training. The Alma Doepel can be seen at her berth at Shed 2, North Wharf Road, Victoria Harbour in Melbourne, Australia. the ship is listed on the Australia Register of Heritage Vessels.

The Alma Doepel was built in Bellingen, New South Wales, Australia in 1903, by builder Frederik Doepel. The ship carried freight around the Australian coast until World War II when was used as a supply ship in Papua New Guinea. After the war, she returned to Tasmania in 1946. During the 1960's and early seventies she was used to transport limestone. She was restored to her former glory between 1976 and 1987. Alma Doepel was brought to Melbourne in 1988 and commenced sailing as a sail training ship, carrying up to 36 trainees with a crew of eight. After retiring from sail training in 1999, she spent a number of years as an exhibit at Lady Nelson Wharf, Port Macquarie in New South Wales from 2001, before being transferred again to Melbourne in 2009.

Ship Summary
Built by:Frederik Doepel, Bellingen NSW
Date Completed:1903
Gross Tonnage:256
Length:45.2 m
Width:8 m