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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Down onto the blocks

Posted on 03/08/2016 by Stephen Attenborough


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, the shipyard spent some time getting Freshspring on a more even keel. She usually lists to starboard, probably due to the fuel oil pumping equipment in the boiler room,…

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Bideford open meeting Wednesday 20th July 2016, 7.30pm

Posted on 14/07/2016 by Stephen Attenborough


Come and learn about the Freshspring project, meet the team and find out how you could get involved at our public meeting at the Bideford Conservative Club on Wednesday 20th July from 7.30pm The heritage steam ship Freshspring will be coming to Bideford late August 2016 and we are keen for people to learn of our aims and get involved in a wide range…

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Tow to Sharpness, the start of hull works

Posted on 09/07/2016 by Stephen Attenborough


On the morning of Wednesday 6th July, Freshspring was towed along the river Severn in Gloucestershire from Newnham-on-Severn to Sharpness, the first time she has moved any distance for over 20 years, marking the start of works enabling Freshspring to be saved and be moved to a public location in the North Devon town of Bideford. A fabulous and very…

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We’re on our way

Posted on 26/04/2016 by Stephen Attenborough


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 was announced at a gala dinner on Saturday to raise money to bring the ship to Bideford by Earl Attlee, one of the Freshspring Society's patrons. Funding to save the…

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