Columns
10 years on Image

10 years on

Melbourne Water moving to Docklands
Read more >>

Away from the desk Image

Away from the desk

The little bent tree
Read more >>

Chamber update Image

Chamber update

COVID-19 and the Chamber’s response
Read more >>

Docklander Image

Docklander

Empowering women locally and abroad
Read more >>

Docklands Secrets Image

Docklands Secrets

Conflicting speeds
Read more >>

Chinese

零工经济的灰色区域
Read more >>

Fashion Image

Fashion

Top five street style trends
Read more >>

Health and Wellbeing Image

Health and Wellbeing

Five strategies to get through coronavirus (COVID-19)
Read more >>

Letters Image

Letters

Bring on the lasers
Read more >>

Business Image

Business

New offerings at The District Docklands Market Lane
Read more >>

Owners Corporation Law Image

Owners Corporation Law

Social distancing in apartment blocks is hard to do, but necessary right now
Read more >>

Maritime

Maritime matters
Read more >>

Pets Corner Image

Pets Corner

Adorable therapy
Read more >>

Precinct Perspectives

A new perspective from Batman’s Hill
Read more >>

SkyPad Living Image

SkyPad Living

A chair’s perspective of vertical living in COVID-19 times
Read more >>

Street Art Image

Street Art

Goodbye from Blender Studios
Read more >>

Sustainability

Sustainability in a pandemic world
Read more >>

The District

Eat your way through our most delicious hot spots
Read more >>

We Live Here Image

We Live Here

We need a clear cladding policy – now!
Read more >>

Abby's Angle  Image

Abby's Angle

Slow down. The panic is coursing through all our veins
Read more >>

Slow progress for Alma

29 Mar 2011

The 107-year-old Alma Doepel is continuing to undergo a major refit in Docklands’ Shed 2 with her skylights being painstakingly restored.

Known affectionately as Alma, the ship has been undergoing repairs in Docklands since returning from Port Macquarie in 2008 and is currently having her five double skylights repaired.

As part of the restoration the skylights timber frames are being pulled apart to be repaired and its brass guards and hardware cleaned, polished and refitted.

Volunteer Rain Papli, a retiree and model ship builder, is currently working on the restoration of the skylights and said: “It’s a bit like restoring antique furniture but it has to stand up to the elements and rigors of a sailing ship.”

Mr Papli spends two or three days a week working on the Alma, which is Australia’s last surviving coastal trader, and each skylight takes about 32 days to restore.

Lend Lease wants to display the restored ship as part of its “Dock” section of its Victoria Harbour master plan.

Share on Facebook

Stay in touch with Docklands. Subscribe to FREE monthly e-Newspaper.

You must be registered with Docklands News to be able to post comments.
To register, please click here.