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. This objective is an ambitious one, but wholly achievable with the right support.
The first phase is to have both a feasibility and viability study undertaken. The Feasibility study will confirm that the ship can be converted to carry passengers, primarily in sheltered waters . It will tell us how we can restore the ship to the standard required to operate as a passenger ship. Carried out by Naval Architects, the report will provide foundation information for the work required to enable shipyards and contractors to prepare quotations for the restoration and modification of the vessel.
The Viability study will look at all the ways in which Freshspring can become financially self-sufficient. The Trust needs to become sustainable in the long term and the conclusions from the viability study will provide this valuable information.
Needless to say these studies have a cost attributed to them, but we are in the process of applying to organisations who may be sympathetic to our cause and understand the importance of saving this valuable little ship for the education and enjoyment of generations to come.
These are exciting times and we hope that you will come with us on our journey.