Investigating the chain locker

Posted on 13/01/2014 by Stephen Attenborough


Coming back after the Christmas and New Year break, this Saturday we returned to our current big task on the ship, clearing the chain locker. I had picked this weekend as the published tide tables suggested that the low tide would be low enough for us to seal off the hole, but as warned by others more knowledgeable in the movements of the River Severn,…

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Second chain removed and on deck

Posted on 22/12/2013 by Stephen Attenborough


Yesterday we continued with preparations for clearing the silt from the chain locker by removing the port chain on deck (as we've already done with the starboard chain). The Monday working party had already begun to remove the chain with around 50 feet out already so we continued, using the handles to turn the windlass and pulling the chain out…

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Hauling chains

Posted on 15/12/2013 by Stephen Attenborough


In preparation for clearing the silt out of the chain locker and sealing up the hole, which we believe is towards the bottom of the hull, today we set about removing one of the chains from the locker and drew it out along the length of the ship. Fortunately the windlass could be driven by hand, so as Mark Rozelaar hauled the chain up, John Austin and…

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Silt clearing from the ballast tank

Posted on 01/12/2013 by Stephen Attenborough


With a low tide at the right time of day we made the brave move to cut a hole in the side of the forward ballast tank so we could flush the silt out. It's in there after another hole higher up went through over a year ago next to a welded patch. That hole has now been filled, along with the hole we cut today. It was a really mucky job, but easier…

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Clearing the bunker

Posted on 25/11/2013 by Stephen Attenborough


When Freshspring was launched in 1946, she was coal fired into the three furnace scotch boiler. However, along with one of her sister ships (Freshspray), they became the first of their class to be converted to oil firing in 1956. On Saturday we entered one of the bunkers, after venting and testing the air, to remove the remaining fuel oil for disposal.…

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Freshspring in Bristol 1987

Posted on 08/11/2013 by Stephen Attenborough


A photo from the archives this time, courtesy of Richard Clammer. This photo was taken outside the Bristol Industrial Museum, Princes Wharf for an article in Ships Monthly 1987. It's interesting to see the wheelhouse, complete with the telegraph and remote steering control on the compass deck.

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New aft accommodation hatch

Posted on 22/10/2013 by Stephen Attenborough


On Saturday we had a working party onboard with a sheet of steel, plasma cutter, welder and so on we began re manufacturing the hatch to the aft accommodation, which, along with the skylight had been removed probably whilst in Bristol. We'd already measured up so after marking out we set the plasma cutter to work and cut out the four sides and top…

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Escape hatch repairs & bilge cleaning

Posted on 10/10/2013 by Stephen Attenborough


Another busy evening on board last night, with Mark Rozelaar replacing some light fittings in the focle and John Austin repairing the escape hatch from the engine room where it had rotted out and risked letting water in. Then it was a group effort cleaning the bilges in the boiler room, not the most pleasant or easiest of jobs, but we have certainly…

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Boiler room tour

Posted on 10/09/2013 by Stephen Attenborough

The second of our video tours around SS Freshspring is now available to watch on YouTube, this time Mark takes us around the front of the boiler and the fuelling system. A video of the interior of the boiler will be coming up at a later date. Let us know if there are any parts of the ship you feel we should be taking a video tour of.

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First YouTube video

Posted on 25/08/2013 by Stephen Attenborough

Photos are a great way to show fellow enthusiasts on-board but with a video you can really appreciate how it's laid out, as such I took a tour of the engine room. I do hope you all enjoy it.

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