The Chairman of the Trust itinerary for April 2019

Posted on 12/04/2019 by Anne Budd

Chairman and Ships Model at U3A lunch

17th April 2019 - Receiving the Bideford Town Council grant cheque for £1,200 25th April 2019 - Guest speaker at Bideford Rotary Club lunch                            27th April 2019 at 2:00pm - Guest speaker at The Bristol Branch of The Paddle Steamer Preservation…

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The Master and his Mate heralding a new beginning for 2019

Posted on 04/04/2019 by Anne Budd

Captain & Mate Bears

The Master and Mate of the SS Freshspring would like to announce the arrival of our revamped website.  The About Us, Learning and Get Involved sections have been improved. To find out about the Ship’s specifications and auxiliaries please visit the Ship page, you can also take the Ship’s tour. Please note that we have added a shop window…

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South West Industrial Heritage Network at King Edward Mine Museum on 28th March

Posted on 03/04/2019 by Anne Budd

The Steamship Freshspring Society chairman attended the first meeting of the South West Industrial Heritage Network at King Edward Mine Museum on 28th March and was guest speaker. The Industrial heritage Network is a National body which works to advise and connect Industrial heritage sites to enhance Heritage Tourism and to ensure collaboration.…

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Historic Steamship open to the Public on Sunday 7th April 2019

Posted on 22/03/2019 by Anne Budd

Visitor on Freshspring

The Steamship Freshspring, alongside at Bideford Quay, officially opens to the public on Sunday 7th April 2019. With on board activities, Freshspring makes an ideal, cost effective family attraction with the sights, sounds and smells of a working steamship.  Our volunteers have been working in all weathers to get her looking great for her visitors,…

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Our Chairman as guest speaker at the Steamboat Association AGM on March 2cnd 2019

Posted on 22/03/2019 by Anne Budd

SBA AGM 2019 JP Guest Speaker

John Puddy was guest speaker at The Steamboat Association (SBA) AGM on the 2nd March. The event is a major occasion in the SBA calendar with around 100 people attending. The SS Freshspring story started with SBA in 2010 when their newsletter included a piece about a steamship being scrapped. The ship in question was SS Freshspring. We know the rest!

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Steam returns to the Bideford to Torrington railway line, Saturday 25th August 2018

Posted on 18/08/2018 by Stephen Attenborough


On Saturday 25th August, John, our Chairman is running his miniature engine from Bideford Station ( to Torrington station ( along the Tarka trail and then back again. There is lunch available at the Puffing Billy, Torrington (…

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Freshspring receives her wheelhouse

Posted on 16/04/2018 by Stephen Attenborough


On Monday 16th April 2018 many months of work, as part of a project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Bideford Bridge Trust, Torridge District Council, Headly Trust and Balsdon Trust, saw SS Freshspring receive her timber wheelhouse. The wheelhouse still requires final fitting and fitting out, but vastly improves the looks of the ship once again…

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