The Society

The Steamship Freshspring Society aims to advance the education of the public through the preservation and operation of an historic steamship and the promotion of maritime and engineering studies, particularly among young people, for the public benefit.

SS Freshspring Bell

Our primary aims will be to:

  • preserve and ensure future sustainability for SS Freshspring as a working example of 19th and 20th century marine technology for the benefit and educatiuon 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

The Society

The Steamship Freshspring Society is a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO) and was entered on the Register of Charities on 7 May 2013, with the charity number 1151907. The charity is based in North Devon, though our membership extends all around the UK and the world.

The official name of the charity to which all members will belong is the Steamship Freshspring Society.

Our Patrons

The Trust has three Patrons of significant standing in society.

The Right Honourable Earl Attlee has been a patron for several years and has been instrumental in raising the profile of the trust. 

Rear Admiral Nigel Guild CB CEng FREng supports education, the return of the ship to operation and careers in the maritime sector.

Captain Kevin Slade FNI supports education, careers in the maritime sector and future operation of Steamship Freshspring.

All Patrons are actively involved in theTrust's vision and direction.

Our Trustees

We have up to 12 trustees. They are from backgrounds which compliment the direction and aspirations of the trust. Skills range includes maritime, legal, fundraising, IT development, education, ship repair/operation, finance, public relations, management and editorial.

Our Supporters

The Steamship Freshspring Society is proud to be working in conjunction with a large range of supporters which include:

Jobs In Maritime and National Maritime Development Group and has received kind support from Nautilus International.

Boat Share Finder is a portal bringing together existing boat owners and aspiring boat owners to buy and sell shares in all types of vessels quickly and easily. They do not charge for their services, but instead have selected the Steamship Freshspring Society as a beneficiary of donations given to them for the service. Please promote this service if you can.

Click on this link to see a list of our Sponsors

Link to Nautilus International     Link to Boat Share Finder