The painting depicts the beautifully restored Australian built three masted topsail schooner Alma Doepel sailing in the early evening with fair winds and following seas.
Alma Doepel was originally built as a trading vessel in 1903 by Frederick Doepel and named after his daughter Alma, and initially traded along the northern NSW coast and at a later stage between Hobart and Melbourne and was the last surviving trading sailing ship in Australian waters to carry square sails until these were removed in 1937.
Full information on the history of the ship, including the restoration, and current news is available at the Alma Doepel website.
For many years following the restoration Alma Doepel sailed on Port Phillip Bay before moving to Port Macquarie in 2001 where she she was berthed until late 2008 when arrangements were made to bring her down to Melbourne. She is now located at Docklands undergoing a complete overhaul to bring her up to survey and again sailing on Port Phillip Bay.
Alma Doepel’s specifications are:
Built in 1903 at Bellingen, NSW
Beam: 26ft 6in
Draft: 7ft 6in
Tonnage: 250 tons
Sail Area 6000sq ft
Materials- Wood with steel lower masts