Wheelhouse banners

Posted on 19/12/2016 by Stephen Attenborough


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 vast improvement I hope you'll agree.

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2016 end of year social

Posted on 17/12/2016 by Stephen Attenborough


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 generosity of all who donated raffle prizes, our live music for the evening, The Alchemists ( and Bob for providing the venue,…

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Bideford public meeting Wednesday 16th November

Posted on 09/11/2016 by Stephen Attenborough


We will be holding our regular open meeting again on board the café barge in Bideford on Wednesday 16th November from 7pm. This is an informal social meeting, with a short period of official business at the beginning. We have commenced works on the gangway system to the ship to enable volunteers on board for inductions. At the meeting we will…

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Bideford public meeting 7pm Wednesday 19th October

Posted on 17/10/2016 by Stephen Attenborough


Freshspring is now safely berthed in Bideford and your help is needed to make sure she is a success. To find out how you could get involved and have updates on our plans, we would be delighted to welcome you to our public meeting at the 'Café Onboard' this Wednesday 19th October from 7.00pm 'Café Onboard' can be found at…

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Freshspring coming into Bideford 16/10/2016

Posted on 15/10/2016 by Stephen Attenborough

Plans for bringing Freshspring into Bideford We are planning to complete the towing of Freshspring tomorrow evening, bringing her the last distance from Appledore to Landivisiau Walk, Bideford. The ship should arrive at around 6.30pm on Sunday 16th October, subject to conditions. We apologise for the late notice event, but the final plans for the tow…

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Freshspring comes to Devon

Posted on 26/09/2016 by Stephen Attenborough


Following the steelworkers, Freshspring was thoroughly painted, with her name returned to the bows and stern and the draft marks painted in also. Around this time we were joined for a day by a group of new volunteers from Bideford to help prepare Freshspring for the tow to Bideford. This involved stowing items away to make sure they didn't get damaged…

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Bideford open meeting - 13th September 2016

Posted on 03/09/2016 by Stephen Attenborough

Come and learn about the Freshspring project, see and hear our updates of the works in the drydock, meet the team and find out how you could get involved with work onboard the ship, outreach and with our educational aspirations at our public meeting at the Bideford Conservative Club on Tuesday 13th September from 7.00pm Bideford Conservative Club can…

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Hull steelworks progressing well

Posted on 30/08/2016 by Stephen Attenborough


The steelworkers have been busy on Freshspring for over two weeks now and are making good progress, working from the bow to aft. There are currently three teams working, two are positioning and tacking on the plates, with the last building up the seam welds. Rather than craning the plates into place, hooks are welded onto the hull and chain blocks are…

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Priming the hull

Posted on 16/08/2016 by Stephen Attenborough


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. This paint is a 'holding' primer to slow down rust while the steelworks take place, but can be welded through, so there is no need for the steelwork contracotrs…

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Hull cleaning works

Posted on 14/08/2016 by Stephen Attenborough


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, scale and rust from the hull so we can get a much better idea of the condition of the hull plating. The hull blasting process only uses ultra-high pressure water (30,000psi)…

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