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Steamship Freshspring Society

The Steamship Freshspring Society is a not for profit organisation based in North Devon, whose aim is to return SS Freshspring to operation, preserving the past and inspiring knowledge for the future.

SS Freshspring will be sympathetically converted to carry cruise passengers in comfortable well appointed cabins along with seafaring cadets or volunteers accommodated in dedicated cabins.

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Latest from the Blog

Easing our way into 2017

Easing our way into 2017

01 Feb 2017

Easing our way into the New Year, volunteers on board made the most of the dry weather we had during much of January to crack on with chipping and painting of the bulwarks and engine… Easing our way into 2017

Wheelhouse banners

Wheelhouse banners

19 Dec 2016

A set of banners to go around the wheelhouse of Freshspring were delivered today and we just couldn't wait to see them up, so we have spent the afternoon fitting two of them. A… Wheelhouse banners

2016 end of year social

2016 end of year social

17 Dec 2016

Thank you to all of the members and supporters who came along to our end of year social at the Cafe Onboard and made it such a great success.   We are very grateful for the kind… 2016 end of year social

Aims & Objectives

Freshspring moored

The Society objective is to advance the education of the public through the preservation and operation of a historic steamship, and the promotion of maritime studies particularly amongst young people for the public benefit.

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The commitment of members and volunteers is vital to achieving the Trusts aim to stimulate interest in maritime heritage, inspiring educational objectives and securing a long term sustainable future for SS Freshspring.

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Historic Ship


Built in 1946 by Lytham Shipbuilding & Engineering, SS Freshspring was the last of 14 Fresh Class water carriers and is recognised as being of national historical significance on the National Register of Historic vessels.

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Steamship Freshspring Society clothing

Support and promote the Steamship Freshspring Society with our new range of branded clothing

Sweatshirts, T-shirts, Polo Shirts and more are available in a range of sizes and with the Society logo embroidered on the left breast.

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