In 2017 we applied to the Heritage Lottery for a grant to restore the wheelhouse – the original of which had rotted away – carry out further work on the decking and superstructure and employ an Education Officer for two years. and a Project Manager. To support this application we obtained match funding from local Councils and funders, culminating in an award of the full grant in late 2017.
A key element of our progress has been the support of our Patrons. The Right Honourable Earl Attlee is very supportive of our educational aspirations, whilst Rear Admiral Nigel Guild CB CEng FREng and Captain Kevin Slade FNI, who is a former Chairman of the Merchant Navy Training Board, have both provided us with contacts within the maritime industry and academic establishments. All Patrons have provided invaluable advice to the Trustees.
We have a board of Trustees and a management board reporting to them.
Our objective is that by 2025 the SS Freshspring will be fully restored to working order and a nationally recognised attraction, both as a maritime resource and as an educational facility and tourist attraction to North Devon.