Preparations to turning the main engine

Posted on 29/11/2014 by Stephen Attenborough


Volunteers on board Freshspring have been keen to see the main engine turned over so we could check it's condition, but have been held back by a failed turning gear and corrosion somewhere along the propeller shaft. To get the engine turning over again, a mould pattern of the gear has been made, a gear cast and now we are looking for someone to…

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A full weekend onboard, progress to making ready for tow.

Posted on 16/11/2014 by Stephen Attenborough


It's been a busy, but very productive weekend on Freshspring. We have been lucky enough to be able to borrow a oxy-propane set for the weekend, so we set about any jobs that needed a stronger heat. Number one on our list was straightening the rudder, this had seized on it's centre bearing and the bolts that held it together had also seized.…

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Cleaning in the forward mess

Posted on 08/11/2014 by Stephen Attenborough


Some years ago there was a solid fuel heater in the forward mess, perhaps the original, and it would seem that there was a problem with it, causing quite extensive smoke damage the the paintwork in that area. To brighten it up and make it more presentable for future photography, I have spent the day scrubbing the walls using a sugar soap solution. The…

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Quick update

Posted on 02/11/2014 by Stephen Attenborough


Apologies for the lack of recent updates, work is continuing on clearing the galley to make  it better for visitors and volunteers with the various fasteners being placed aft in what was the engineers accommodation. This has involved making space in aft accommodation and assembling dexion shelving so we find parts easier when we need them. Having…

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A slight change of location

Posted on 10/09/2014 by Stephen Attenborough


To avoid the full force of the bore wave which runs up the river Severn with varying ferocity throughout the year, an agreement was reached with the quay owner that Freshspring could be moved upstream into an inlet on the river (locally know as a pill, that was used for loading coal into barges from the Forest of Dean) This was the ideal time for the…

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Events at Southampton and Dorset steam fair

Posted on 15/08/2014 by Stephen Attenborough


Next Friday and Saturday, 22nd and 23rd August, we will be exhibiting at the Southampton Maritime Festival ( If you are in the area, please come and see us. The scale model of Freshspring will be on display for you to have a closer look. Then a few days later we will be in the Vintage Spirit tent at the Great…

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Cable locker, part V

Posted on 30/07/2014 by Stephen Attenborough


Update from Sunday, work continued the the cable locker, jetting out silt the port side as the tide dropped. When the tide had dropped below our lower cut hole we resumed to the starboard side with a view to getting the hull plates clean enough to allow a concrete patch to be laid. Unfortunately, instead of finding solid mud under the hole when we lifted…

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Cable locker, part IV, hole found

Posted on 13/07/2014 by Stephen Attenborough


Saturday update, more water jetting in the cable locker to wash the silt out. As there is a wooden division in the locker we have been concentrating on the starboard side, where we believed the hole is, but yesterday we did jet the port side for a time as the tide was going out, so the silt on that side has been reduced by about two feet. After the…

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Back into the cable locker

Posted on 06/07/2014 by Stephen Attenborough


Apologies for the lack of recent updates, over the past few weeks we have been back in the cable (chain) locker to resume the job we started back in January, that is jetting out the silt to find the hole. Over the past six months, about two feet of silt had built up again on the floor plates, so the first job was to get back to where we were earlier…

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Ballast tank sealing and a stuck rudder

Posted on 02/06/2014 by Stephen Attenborough


We had another successful day on board SS Freshspring on Saturday as we completed another task which I had been particularly keen to see done, the re-sealing of the top of the aft ballast tank. At some point, sections had been cut out with the intention of welding new steel in, but this never happened. As much of the deck will need replacing when the…

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