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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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Steamship Freshspring Society AGM 2018

Posted on 04/03/2018 by Stephen Attenborough


This is the fifth Annual General Meeting of the Steamship Freshspring Society, which will conclude with a talk from Rear Admiral Nigel Guild. Non-members are welcome to attend, but are not eligible to vote. A buffet lunch is available at a cost of £6, orders must be placed by Friday 6th April, either by email to…

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Bideford to Instow and Appledore delivery of Freshspring Steam Beer

Posted on 13/06/2017 by Stephen Attenborough


This Sunday, 18th June, will see a special delivery of Freshspring Steam Beer, produced by Clearwater brewery, Bideford. The consignment of Freshspring Steam Beer will be taken from Bideford Station to Instow along the Tarka trail, which was formerly the main rail line between Bideford and Barnstaple, using a minature steam traction engine. It will…

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Freshspring Bideford social and Knot tie Wednesday 17th May, 7pm

Posted on 03/05/2017 by Stephen Attenborough


This month we'll have a special guest speaker in the form of Colin Byfleet from the Knot tiers association with activities and demonstrations to keep you amused. Come along and tie yourself in knots ! There will also be an announcement about a day trip we are planning. Come along next week to learn more and book your place. Non-members are welcome…

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Easter 2017 public openings

Posted on 08/04/2017 by Stephen Attenborough


Following the successful opening of the ship to the membership over the weekend, the ship will be open again for guided tours on Sunday 16th and Monday 17th April from 2pm until 4pm. Groups of visitors will have the opportunity to board Freshspring in Bideford and be given a guided tour of the original crew accommodation, Master's cabin and finally…

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Stemship Freshspring Society AGM 2017

Posted on 30/03/2017 by Stephen Attenborough


The Steamship Freshspring Society AGM will be held at the Royal Hotel, Bideford, EX39 4AE on Saturday 8th April at 2.30pm Non-members are welcome, but you will not be eligible to vote. However, you can join online via our website Arrangements have been made for a guest speaker and we will be reviewing the progress…

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