Help return a unique steam cargo ship to seagoing condition

Plans for Freshspring


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Steamship Freshspring Society

The Steamship Freshspring Society is a not for profit organisation 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

Priming the hull

Priming the hull

16 Aug 2016

The ship has received a fresh look over the weekend as contractors gave the hull a quick wash off before applying the first coat of paint to the bottom for probably nearly forty years.… Priming the hull

Hull cleaning works

Hull cleaning works

14 Aug 2016

The day following settling onto the blocks saw, after a gangway was lowered into place by the shipyard, the hull blasting start. The object of this exercise is to clean off all paint,… Hull cleaning works

Down onto the blocks

Down onto the blocks

03 Aug 2016

On Sunday 31st July 2016, Freshspring was moved from her holding berth where she has been waiting since the tow from Newnham and into the drydock at Sharpness. Once tied up alongside,… Down onto the blocks

We’re on our way

We’re on our way

26 Apr 2016

Bideford waterfront will soon have a new addition, historic steamship the SS Freshspring will be coming to the town after a last minute grant of £155,000 was secured. The news… We’re on our way

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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