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Hull supports moved ….

The tripod steel supports have been moved to expose the frames behind them. These frames can now be examined and any repairs or replacements can be done.

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New planks being milled ….

Two photographs of the next batch of hull planks for fitting below the waterline. There is currently a campaign to raise money for the next batch.

Dimensions of these planks are 300mm x 75mm x 6.0m

The first delivery of around 100 planks shown here is expected on Thursday  22 March 2018.      There is still at least another 150 planks to be funded, please support “buy a plank” campaign to help purchase the remaining planks.

Bosch donations continue ….

Bosch has once again donated many useful and much needed tools to the restoration effort. Greatly appreciated by everyone especially the volunteers.

Alma Doepel model ….

Part of the current exhibition – a treasured rare model of the ship.

Frames – beginning and end ….

This important phase of the restoration has been covered previously with photos and explanations but I feel that it once the planking starts to cover the frames we should not loose an appreciation for the time, effort, money and ingenuity that went into achieving the amazing feat of  almost total reframing of the hull.  Initially hardwood timber was purchased from a timber mill, then the packs of reclaimed local wharf timber became available. These timbers were either shaped or laminated in to frames to be fitted to the hull. The photos show a small part of the tremendous effort – the pack of wharf timber with frame section beside it, the glueing process with dozens of clamps needed, the frame sections then needing sanding / planing and painting  and lastly new frame sections fitted to the hull.

New steaming and bending machine ….

A apparatus to speed up the steaming and bending of the laminate pieces has been manufactured.

Individual patterns are still taken for each frame ( see photo below this text ) and the shape transferred to this custom made bending jig where 15 timber laminations are wrapped in a plastic bag, steamed for about 50 minutes and pulled into shape by an electric winch.
Both sections of the double frame are on the jig at the same time, steamed, pulled into shape then left to cool. This can bend 30 laminations in a morning whereas previous custom bending of laminations on the ship was done 5 laminations at a time.
Once the two frames have cooled in their new shape and the laminations sanded, they are transferred to two glueing tables where the epoxy is applied and the laminations clamped.
The two frame sections are then planed to remove excess glue, painted and are then ready for fitting to the ship and mating to the straight sections prepared for the floor timbers.
This process will be repeated 40 times to achieve the 80 frame sections required.
The shipwrights are now concentrating on the 20 frames aft of number 15 where the shape of the bilge futtocks (frame sections at the turn of the bilge) are very similar and lend themselves to a more production line type process.
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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