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Posted on 21st March 2016 / 1119
Site Type : Preservation Hub / Campaign
Industry Type : Maritime, Transport
Power Type : Steam

Built in 1946, SS Freshspring is the last of 14 Fresh-Class water carriers, all of which were 121 feet in length and were powered by a triple-expansion steam engine!

She is recognised as being of national historical significance on the National Register of Historic Vessels.

The SS Freshspring Society (a not-for-profit organisation) aim to return SS Freshspring to operation – preserving the past and inspiring knowledge for the future.

The Steam Ship Freshspring had to replenish Naval ships with fresh water for use in their boilers. She also acted as a fire tender when required!

SS Freshspring will be sympathetically converted to carry cruise passengers in comfortable well-appointed cabins, as well as with dedicated cabins for seafaring cadets or volunteers.

Their primary aims are:

  • To preserve and ensure future sustainability for SS Freshspring as a working example of 19th and 20th century marine technology for the benefit of the public.
  • To attract and inspire young people and provide engineering education facilities to encourage them to consider a career in maritime and or engineering.
  • To provide facilities to teach basic skills in the management of a historic vessel and steam machinery.

They have achieved many mini milestones to date, including the safe delivery of the vessel to Bideford Quay.

Now they are fundraising for the full restoration, which will see her back in action and financially sound too!

Can you make a donation to help to save the unique vessel?

Details of how to donate and about the Trust and SS Freshspring herself can be found – HERE!

A range of branded SS Freshspring clothing can be bought – HERE!

Donate HERE!

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Show your support on their Facebook Page HERE!

 

 

 

Registered address: Little Cleave, Lower Cleave, Northam, Bideford, EX39 2RH

Phone: 01237 479730

Updates:

October 2016:

She was towed successfully from Sharpness, where the hull work was carried out, down to Bideford in North Devon. Volunteers are now being invited to step forward to take part in this exciting project!

Keep an eye out for the hard hat tours!

July 2016:

She has been towed across the river Severn to Sharpness, where she will have remedial works in preparation for the Big Tow to Bideford!

May 2016:

The Gala dinner in Bideford was a total success and even more brilliantly they’ve been awarded £155k from the National Memorial Heritage Fund (NMHF) to make the necessary improvements to the hull for its relocation to Bideford!

She will be berthed at Bideford Quay and hard hat tours will be available while the funds required for a full restoration to steam are achieved.

Restoring SS Freshspring

Built in 1946, SS Freshspring is the last of 14 Fresh-Class water carriers, all of which were 121 feet in length and were powered by a triple-expansion steam engine!

She is recognised as being of national historical significance on the National Register of Historic Vessels.

The SS Freshspring Society (a not-for-profit organisation) aim to return SS Freshspring to operation – preserving the past and inspiring knowledge for the future.

The Steam Ship Freshspring had to replenish Naval ships with fresh water for use in their boilers. She also acted as a fire tender when required!

SS Freshspring will be sympathetically converted to carry cruise passengers in comfortable well-appointed cabins, as well as with dedicated cabins for seafaring cadets or volunteers.

Their primary aims are:

  • To preserve and ensure future sustainability for SS Freshspring as a working example of 19th and 20th century marine technology for the benefit of the public.
  • To attract and inspire young people and provide engineering education facilities to encourage them to consider a career in maritime and or engineering.
  • To provide facilities to teach basic skills in the management of a historic vessel and steam machinery.

They have achieved many mini milestones to date, including the safe delivery of the vessel to Bideford Quay.

Now they are fundraising for the full restoration, which will see her back in action and financially sound too!

Can you make a donation to help to save the unique vessel?

Details of how to donate and about the Trust and SS Freshspring herself can be found – HERE!

A range of branded SS Freshspring clothing can be bought – HERE!

Donate HERE!

Facebook

 

Show your support on their Facebook Page HERE!

 

 

 

Registered address: Little Cleave, Lower Cleave, Northam, Bideford, EX39 2RH

Phone: 01237 479730

Updates:

October 2016:

She was towed successfully from Sharpness, where the hull work was carried out, down to Bideford in North Devon. Volunteers are now being invited to step forward to take part in this exciting project!

Keep an eye out for the hard hat tours!

July 2016:

She has been towed across the river Severn to Sharpness, where she will have remedial works in preparation for the Big Tow to Bideford!

May 2016:

The Gala dinner in Bideford was a total success and even more brilliantly they’ve been awarded £155k from the National Memorial Heritage Fund (NMHF) to make the necessary improvements to the hull for its relocation to Bideford!

She will be berthed at Bideford Quay and hard hat tours will be available while the funds required for a full restoration to steam are achieved.

Restoring SS Freshspring
Site Type : Preservation Hub / Campaign
Industry Type : Maritime, Transport
Power Type : Steam
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