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Freshspring under tow, 1974

Posted on 27/10/2017 by Stephen Attenborough


We are fortunate enough to have recently been sent a couple of pictures of Freshspring under tow from John Beardsley, but these are from 1974. They show Freshspring passing Portishead, heading down the Bristol Channel on their way to Portsmouth. We believe that the tug is the either “Roysterer” or “Rollicker” Joining together…

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Original oil lamp returns and more for the archives

Posted on 24/09/2017 by Stephen Attenborough


We are very fortunate too have recently made contact with Mr Fox of Bristol, whose brother purchased Freshspring with Mr Burgess in 1979. He has enabled us to reunite one of the original lamps with the ship, along with a number of plans and documents we had not seen before. The drawings tell us it is a water gauge type oil lamp, A.P. 3520, and it does…

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An eBay find

Posted on 06/01/2016 by Stephen Attenborough


It's curious what pops up on a popular internet auction site, this image was found as a negative late last year and scanned by one of our volunteers. The photo shows Freshspring outside the Bristol Industrial Museum (now M Shed) We think it was taken between 1981 and 1987 as aft of Freshspring is the steam tug Mayflower during restoration. Please…

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Freshspring order date

Posted on 21/11/2015 by Stephen Attenborough


In this month 71 years ago,1944, Freshspring was ordered by the Admiralty at Bath to become the last of 14 200ton Fresh class water carriers. It would be a further three years before she was completed.

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Sister ships

Posted on 20/11/2015 by Stephen Attenborough


Freshspring was the last of 14 'Fresh' class ships built by Lytham Shipbuilding & Engineering Co, Lytham between 1939 & 1947 for the Admiralty (Director of Stores) before being completed and taken over by the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) and latterly the Port Auxiliary Service (PAS). The other ships in the class were Freshwater, Freshet,…

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Sister ship, Freshwell

Posted on 02/05/2015 by Stephen Attenborough


During the week we were donated a print of a sister ship, Freshwell, from Richard Clammer. Unfortunately he could not recall where he had acquired it from or where it was taken, however a little research has identified it as being taken at Royal Clarence Yard, Portsmouth. If you have any further information we'd love to hear it. Freshwell was launched…

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