Alma Doepel (ship)

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Name: Alma Doepel
Owner: Sail & Adventure, Ltd.
Port of registry: Hobart, Tasmania
Builder: Bellingen NSW
Launched: October 10, 1903
Fate: docked for repairs
General characteristics
Tonnage: 150.69 tonns
Displacement: 256 tons
Length: 45.20 metres (148.3 ft)
Beam: 8 m (26 ft)
Height: 28 m
Draught: 2.2 m (7.2 ft)
Propulsion: sail, auxiliary diesel engine, 247 hp
Sail plan: Topsail Schooner, 12 sails, including triangular course on the foremast
Capacity: 36 cadets
Crew: 11

The Alma Doepel is a three-masted topsail schooner and is one of the oldest such ships surviving.

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.

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. After that, she was 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 a Lady Nelson Wharf and open to the public as a static exhibit.

In January 2009 the Alma Doepel returned to Victoria Dock in Melbourne where she awaits an extensive refit to return her to survey so she can recommense sail training.

See also


  • Schauffelen, Otmar (2005). Chapman Great Sailing Ships of the World. Hearst Books. ISBN 1588163849. 

External links

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