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Tall Ship Restoration Docklands

Take a tour Behind the Scenes of the Restoration of a 1903 Australian built wooden 3 masted tall ship. Learn about her 120 year history and the new role Alma will play in providing Youth Sail Training once complete.

Way down at the end of Victoria Harbour in Docklands, off the beaten track, there is a 1903 Australian built wooden tall ship being restored back to sailing conditions in order to deliver life changing Youth Sail training programs.

You will be in awe of the labour intensive and skilled craftsmanship of shipwrights and dedicated volunteers working together to return a historical tall ship back to sailing conditions. Learn how the Alma Doepel is being transformed into a vessel capable of meeting today’s high Maritime Safety standards.

The Alma Doepel has an interesting story to tell of her service to the Australian Army during WWII as Army Ketch AK82. Alma underwent a transformation from cargo carrier to troop and supply transporter in the Pacific Islands conflict. The crew were soldiers – not sailors, and they relied upon Pacific Island locals to help navigate shallow reefs and find fresh food and water.

Today Alma is undergoing a final fit out as she prepares for her latest role providing the youth of today a life changing experience learning to sail a traditional tall ship in Victorian waters.

Celebrating 50 years of the Victorian Heritage Register 

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2 North Wharf Road, Melbourne, Victoria

Venue is situated in Victoria Harbour, Docklands at the end of North Wharf Rd. Walk past the Library at the Dock and head on down towards the Bolte Bridge.
Trams terminate in Collins St near ANZ building



Entry fees:
By donation
Onsite facilities:
Other things
you need to know:
No parking on site. Limited toilet facilities - nearest toilets Library at Dock. Limited access. Working site