The Society

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


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 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. SS Freshspring Preservation Society is an informal name, which reflects the aims and aspirations of the members and was used widely prior to the formation of the charity.

Our supporters

The Steamship Freshspring Society is proud to be working in conjunction with 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.

Link to Nautilus International     Link to Boat Share Finder


Join Online

The commitment of members is vital to achieving the Trusts aim to stimulate interest in maritime heritage, inspiring educational objectives and securing a long term sustainable future for SS Freshspring.

Become a member and help support us

Join the society and you will receive our quarterly newsletter and be kept up-to-date with progress, both onboard and ashore.

2018 Membership rates are £25 per year for adults and £20 for concessions. It’s easy to join online using the button below.



Volunteering is a vital resource to the Trust achieving its aims.

There are many essential ways to volunteer depending on your interests. For example, administration, fundraising, attending events, public relations, maritime skills, educational experience, finance, legal and procurement.

Working volunteers are welcome and considerably contribute to ongoing restoration. There is a great variety of tasks, no matter what your ability, both ashore and onboard.

Please contact us to discuss what will be appropriate and enjoyable for you.

Even an hour a week will make a difference and the ongoing sense of achievement as a contributor to this exciting project will be a just reward.