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Promoting “Meet The Maker Discovery Tours ….

The following information has been taken from several Alma Doepel Supporters Club Newsletters edited by Bill Reid. The information describes and promotes the exhibition detailing Alma Doepel’s role during the Second  World War.  An very interesting tour if you can make the time to visit.  

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The “Victoria Remembers” AK82 Exhibition, funded by the Victorian Government, is uncovering stories and images of Alma during WW2 and it is expected to be ready by February for tours commencing from Library at the Dock. This project will invoke strong community interest in the role Alma Doepel played during WW2 transporting supplies and troops in the New Guinea and New Britain campaigns. 

The Immigration Museum has kindly donated items from the Long Room exhibition that is currently being replaced by an exciting new exhibition. The bunk beds, paneling and pieces of furniture from the exhibition will now play a new role on board Alma Doepel. The “Victoria Remembers” AK82 Exhibition, funded by the Victorian Government, is uncovering stories and images of Alma during WW2 and it is expected to be ready by February for tours commencing from Library at the Dock. This project will invoke strong community interest in the role Alma Doepel played during WW2 transporting supplies and troops in the New Guinea and New Britain campaigns.

Soldiers at Sea Exhibition at Shed 2
Part of the Meet the Maker Discovery Tour
Library at the Dock
Meet the Maker Discovery Tour
Immerse yourself in this discovery tour over summer and throughout the Sustainable Living Festival in at the Docklands Library at the Dock.

Explore Alma’s war history “Soldiers at Sea” and learn about the craft of ship restoration from the experts.

Every Wednesday 10am-12pm throughout February and March,
Be one of the first to see this new Alma Doepel exhibition.

Meet at Library at the Dock, ground floor cafe area.

Free booking, and a donation on the day for morning tea.
Bookings: Eventbrite

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Alma Needs New Planks fundraiser ….

Below is an extract from the Newsletter of the Alma Doepel Supporters Club for your attention  –

Alma Needs New Planks

 

If you have been down to Shed 2 recently you will have seen the progress being made on Alma’s hull. New planks have already been fitted to port and starboard sides above the waterline.
Frames are steadily being repaired and replaced. See image below – everything white is new!

Next job is to replace 240 planks below the waterline.
We have found a timber supplier who can supply the required quality and size.

Alma’s new planks will now be milled by the end of March 2018.

Please help Alma get her New Planks.
240 planks by $500 each.

Buy one yourself or why not organise a group of 5 or 10 to join together.

Donations should be made via ACT 

10 days remaining to pledge
Plank Donors on acknowledged on Alma’s Plank Honour Board.”

 

Capping rail repairs ….

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The stern capping rail has section in need of repair. Some soft section of timber need to be removed and graving pieces fitted and glued into place. Volunteers have been busy over the Christmas period with this skilled task.

Thanks again to Ian for providing the photos.

Midship planks removed ….

While the shipwrights have been on leave the volunteers have been busy removing planks from both the port and starboard  midship area. This area is below the main accommodation cabins and has exposed more frames and bilge stringers.  The shipwrights can now inspected the exposed timbers and proceed without delay on repairs and replacement.

Two tonne of lead ballast that was previously inaccessible because of the internal floors has been removed.

More reclaimed wharf timber ….

Fortunately further lots of reclaimed wharf timber has arrived at Shed 2. The process remains the same – the timber is sorted, sections deemed suitable for use as frames have all metal removed and then checked with a metal detector.  These pieces are then milled into “planks” similar in thickness to a fence paling. Photos show the pack of wharf timber as it arrives then in a pack ready for milling. The bottom photo shows the returned “planks” ready to be laminated into frames.

Photos from 2017 ….

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Some assorted photos from 2017 illustrating some of the work and progress from the year.

Bowthruster frames ….

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Near the bow thruster, multiple frames are required where planks can be fastened below and either side of the tunnel opening.