In this edition we bring you a Progress Report on the hull which we expect to have back in the water during 2020. We tell you about ways you can help us raise funds to complete the project. This includes the purchase of 50 planks needed to complete the hull for which we are seeking community support. We are calling this Float the Boat
We also want to tell you all about our Youth Development Programs that are already commencing at the Alma Shed. The program is designed to engage with schools prior to the Youth Sail Training Programs recommencing once the Alma restoration is complete.
There is also news about Volunteer Activity going on down at the shed and we invite you all to visit us and see for yourselves the progress being made.
We announce some upcoming events for the Christmas period and how you can join Alma Doepel Volunteers celebrate the festive season
So please enjoy the newsletter and make a time to come down and see us soon.
The Alma Doepel Volunteer team.
Restoration Progress Report
Much work has been going on down at the Shed, and if you are a lunch time walker who passes by the restoration then you will have seen the steady progress being made as the hull takes shape.
As at 6 November 16 "strakes" have been completed of the 26 strakes required - each side! A "strake" is a complete line of planks. That is a total of 211 planks fitted to Alma's hull. There is still much work to be done - but that is progress indeed. If you have not been past the restoration recently, take a lunchtime stroll and have a look for yourself - you will be amazed!
One of the many planks being made ready for steaming and fixing. This one is on it's trolley, all wrapped and ready for an injection of steam once it's clamped into place.
A shipwright taking a close look at the planks that have been fixed into place. No doubt getting ready to receive the next plank for clamping , steaming and fastening.
Here we can see close up the work that has been done on the stern. The holes where the nails have been put in will soon be filled with plugs to complete the plank fixing process
This is a look at the bow where similar work has been completed. You can see the same nail holes evident that will also be filled with plugs to complete the plank fixing process
So stepping back to see the whole stern. From this vantage point you can see how both sides have been uniformly planked.
Similarly for the bow - stepping back to see the work being done.
This is a diagram of the hull showing completed "strakes". you can see from this that progress is over half way.
This strange piece of timber is a shipwrights "analogue" spreadsheet. It gives shipwrights a visual on the planking layout and progress. Whatever you do, don't lose that bit of wood!
Another Alma Milestone....
Finish the Hull and Float the Boat
Help Float the Boat... we are over 2/3rds of the way to complete the planking!!
We are going to complete the hull of the Alma Doepel and return her to the water in 2020! After this she will be refitted with many already restored components required to enable her to re-commence her important Youth Sail Training program.
Help us get Alma Doepel floating.
You can adopt a plank.
We have ordered the final 50 planks to complete the hull and we are seeking your support.
Over the past few months, we've invited all the Community Banks in Victoria to be part of youth development scholarship program that starts with adopting a bunk for youth voyagers in Alma Doepel's Bunkhouse.
Two branches have already come on board, Murrumbeena Community Financial Services Limited which runs Murrumbeena Community Bank and Valley Community Financial Services Limited who run Hurstbridge & Districts, Doreen & Mernda, Kinglake, Diamond Creek and Eltham & District Community Bank Branches.
We are excited to partner with these branches to support youth from their community and we encourage you to support these branches. We're hoping to have all 36 bunks adopted by Community Banks.
Dennis Tarrant, Chairman of Murrumbeena Community Financial Services Limited said: "We are proud to support the Alma Doepel as we are big into youth development and leadership. This program complements the support we're already providing to youth through programs such Magic Moments and our own scholarship program which assists disadvantaged youth with the expenses associated with getting an education."
Our Director Graeme Webb and his wife Val accepted the cheque on behalf of Sail and Adventure from Valley Community Financial Services for 2 bunks on Wednesday 13 November as pictured below.
Alma's Youth Development Program
On Thursday 17th October 25 students along with three teachers from Gilson College of Taylors Hill visited the Alma Doepel as part of their VCAL training curriculum outcomes. This is the second school tour we have organised covering this aspect of the curriculum.
The students watched a video on work safety in the workplace with additional issues specific to sailing ships. Students then completed a multiple-choice questionnaire designed to demonstrate each fully understood the safety rules when working on a tall ship and in any workplace with inherent dangers. Students were then shown around the Restoration and Veterans Exhibition "Soldiers at Sea".
This program has made possible by a grant received from the Victorian International Container Terminal Community Investment Fund. We are seeking students from other schools to take part in this program and understand what is required to run a tall ship. A big thank you to the Alma volunteers who assisted in making the day a success.
Peter Harris, Peter Van Duyn, Daryl Brooks, Barry Semple (Alma Doepel) and Allan Bernardi (Wyndham Central College) have collaborated to enable this project to become a reality along with volunteers Rod Alsop, Tom Parks, Tim Horton and Colin Lill who have assisted to ensure the program ran smoothly.
Merchandise and the Museum at the Shed
Norm Boreham, Zoe, Glenda, Robyn and the usual Tuesday crew of guys (Tom, Rod, Bill and Colin) are making themselves available to have the Museum/Visitors Centre open every week day. To make this a reality, we need a good pool of keen volunteers to enable the centre to be open at least between noon and 2pm Monday to Friday.
On offer will be tours of the restoration and the "Soldiers at Sea" exhibition.
Please email Norm at email@example.com if you’d like to help out during those times.
Get your Xmas Orders in now for some really delicious Plum Puddings and Alma Doepel wines! Wine can be ordered online by clicking on this WINE LINK
We have been able to source Xmas Puds gift packs in a bright red cloth with a Christmas Gift card attached. Weighing 1kg, these are reasonably priced at $25.00 .Or you can order in a plain heat seal plastic pack for $20.00. Xmas Puds can be ordered via Norm by clicking this link - EMAIL NORM
If you want to order up on Caps, Shirts, Pens, Books of Gift Cards or any other merchandise go to the Alma Shop by clicking this link - ALMA SHOP . Alternatively email Norm your shopping list, and if you are in Melbourne area - he will arrange delivery for an extra $5.00
Thu 12 December 5pm-7pm Community Xmas Party at the Library. Alma Supporters will be putting on a BBQ - great fund raising opportunity and network with the Docklands Community.
Come to the Library at the Dock for an early evening Christmas celebration.
Meet members of the neighbourhood and together enjoy Christmas carols, Christmas card making, help us decorate our tree and join other fun activities.
As part of the event, Alma Doepel volunteers will host a BBQ with light refreshments and if weather permits, it may be a lovely opportunity for a picnic in Buluk Park.
This year, the Dock Library is teaming up with the Docklands Representative Group (DRG), to deliver the event, which will bring together the local area’s volunteer groups, including the Alma Doepel team.
Join us on Thursday 12 December, 5pm-7pm, Library at the Dock.
Tue 31 December - Alma New Years Eve Party
join in the fun at the shed and take a closer look at the restoration. Watch the fireworks at midnight. Further details to be announced....
A Strategic Partnership between Alma Doepel and AWA Alliance Bank has been established.
Through this partnership you can support Alma Doepel’s restoration by considering AWA Alliance Bank for your banking needs..
Click on this link to download an ADSC Application Form Remember, join up for 5 years, and you only pay for 4!
Next step is to fill the form out and follow easy payment instructions.
You can email to me your completed form or send to the PO Box indicated.
Every dollar raised goes towards the restoration.
See you on board the Alma Doepel Supporters Club!