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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Down in the gland compartment

Posted on 01/08/2013 by Stephen Attenborough


We have been advised in the past that the bilges (the lowest part of the ship hull) should be kept clean and clear of any water, so last night John Austin and I spent some time checking over the gland compartment. In here the propshaft passes from the engine to the propeller via a pair of bearings and glands (seals) to prevent water coming in.

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Posted on 11/07/2013 by Stephen Attenborough


Work on board continues with weatherproofing of the focle, where a drip strip has been fitted above the door to stop the water running down the inside of the door and flashband has been applied over the holes as a temporary measure until a new plate is welded or riveted in. Steel caps have also been fabricated to fit over other holes in the deck where…

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Preparations for boiler inspection

Posted on 23/05/2013 by Stephen Attenborough


This week during our regular Wednesday evening working parties we continued working towards getting the boiler ready for an initial inspection around the begining of June. Previously we'd put the boiler room floor back in place and began to loosen off some of the fittings around the ends of the furnaces to gain access. This week we removed the cast…

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A different perspective on SS Freshspring

Posted on 10/05/2013 by Stephen Attenborough


With the tide a long way out and good weather it seemed an ideal time to get a different perspective on Freshspring and a chance to have a closer look at the hull, propeller and rudder.

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Weekend Works

Posted on 25/04/2013 by Stephen Attenborough


With the gangway in place and good weather over the weekend we took the oportunity to look through the 'to do' list and make a start on some of the higher priority jobs. We moved everything out of the galley, where, over the years, condensation has caused the paint to flake off, and look a bit tired, as an interim solution we scraped the loose…

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Gangway lifted into place

Posted on 22/04/2013 by Stephen Attenborough


We are delighted to say, after much hard work ashore building the gangway it was installed on Saturday 13th April, we can now safely traverse between ship and shore, this will pave the way for further work onboard in readiness to recieve visitors onboard. So, if you're interested in seeing onboard Freshspring or would like to get involved please…

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Gangway work ashore

Posted on 18/02/2013 by Stephen Attenborough


Work ashore has been progressing with the fabrication of a raised structure to sit on the aft deck of Freshspring, onto which the gangway can attach. Due to how the ship moves around with the tide, we need to make sure the gangway can move around also, without damaging the quay or the ship. To enable this, the upper part of the structure has a central…

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Sustainability Award from National Historic Ships

Posted on 05/02/2013 by Stephen Attenborough

In January 2013 a Sustainability Award of £1000 towards the costs of a survey was made from the Strategic Development Fund of National Historic Ships UK. This has enabled us to employ a surveyor to conduct a walk through survey of Freshspring and focus our minds on what action we need to take next.

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Previous news, 10th January 2013

Posted on 04/02/2013 by Stephen Attenborough

We have arranged a general public meeting on the Saturday 2nd of February to discuss the progress made with saving SS Freshspring and to structure the way forwards. We would be very pleased if you could attend the meeting. The venue is the Ship Inn, Newnham on Severn at 2.00pm. Lunch is available prior to the meeting at the pub. The address is: The…

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