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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Any colour as long as it’s buff (or black)?

Posted on 07/03/2017 by Stephen Attenborough


Over the weekend volunteers have been busy, as ever, this time working inside the forecastle (focle) scraping off the loose paint from the ceiling and from around the inside of the bow after welding on the outside has damaged the paint. As we do not have any colour photos of the inside of the ship, we do not know what colour she was painted inside during…

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Bideford public social Wednesday 15th February

Posted on 05/02/2017 by Stephen Attenborough

We will be holding our regular open gathering again at the Café Onboard in Bideford on Wednesday 15th February from 7pm. This is an informal social meeting, with a short period of official business at the beginning, followed by Doug Brodie, who  will speak about his days at sea in the 1950s and 60s and go on to tell of more recent involvement…

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Easing our way into 2017

Posted on 01/02/2017 by Stephen Attenborough


Easing our way into the New Year, volunteers on board made the most of the dry weather we had during much of January to crack on with chipping and painting of the bulwarks and engine room superstructure. It's only in primer at the moment, but once the weather dries up again we'll get a top coat of buff on her. With the weather latterly turning…

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Wheelhouse banners

Posted on 19/12/2016 by Stephen Attenborough


A set of banners to go around the wheelhouse of Freshspring were delivered today and we just couldn't wait to see them up, so we have spent the afternoon fitting two of them. A vast improvement I hope you'll agree.

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2016 end of year social

Posted on 17/12/2016 by Stephen Attenborough


Thank you to all of the members and supporters who came along to our end of year social at the Cafe Onboard and made it such a great success.   We are very grateful for the kind generosity of all who donated raffle prizes, our live music for the evening, The Alchemists ( and Bob for providing the venue,…

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Bideford public meeting Wednesday 16th November

Posted on 09/11/2016 by Stephen Attenborough


We will be holding our regular open meeting again on board the café barge in Bideford on Wednesday 16th November from 7pm. This is an informal social meeting, with a short period of official business at the beginning. We have commenced works on the gangway system to the ship to enable volunteers on board for inductions. At the meeting we will…

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Bideford public meeting 7pm Wednesday 19th October

Posted on 17/10/2016 by Stephen Attenborough


Freshspring is now safely berthed in Bideford and your help is needed to make sure she is a success. To find out how you could get involved and have updates on our plans, we would be delighted to welcome you to our public meeting at the 'Café Onboard' this Wednesday 19th October from 7.00pm 'Café Onboard' can be found at…

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Freshspring coming into Bideford 16/10/2016

Posted on 15/10/2016 by Stephen Attenborough

Plans for bringing Freshspring into Bideford We are planning to complete the towing of Freshspring tomorrow evening, bringing her the last distance from Appledore to Landivisiau Walk, Bideford. The ship should arrive at around 6.30pm on Sunday 16th October, subject to conditions. We apologise for the late notice event, but the final plans for the tow…

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Freshspring comes to Devon

Posted on 26/09/2016 by Stephen Attenborough


Following the steelworkers, Freshspring was thoroughly painted, with her name returned to the bows and stern and the draft marks painted in also. Around this time we were joined for a day by a group of new volunteers from Bideford to help prepare Freshspring for the tow to Bideford. This involved stowing items away to make sure they didn't get damaged…

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