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The Future

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Steamship Freshspring Trust         

The Steamship Freshspring Trust is a not for profit organisation based in North Devon, whose aim is to return SS Freshspring to operation, preserving the past and inspiring knowledge for the future.

The Trust’s aim is that SS Freshspring will be sympathetically converted to carry passengers, along with seafaring cadets or volunteers, accommodated in dedicated cabins.


A primary aim of the Trust is to educate and inspire future generations of engineers and promote maritime careers. We have produced a dedicated inspirational website for young people called Freshspring Junior and regularly welcome schools onto the ship.

In addition we promote careers within the maritimg and engineering industry through our partnerships with the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) and Jobs in Maritime and by attending talks, shorts and fairs to raise awareness of such careers.

Get Involved

Read about the ways to get involved below, make a donation or get in contact 

Become a Member

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

group of fundraisers holding bottles of beer alongside a steam train

Help Fundraise

Adequate funding is the key to the survival of any organisation. Apart from our membership, Freshspring has no regular income and relies entirely on donations, grants and the sale of ‘memorabilia’ for its income.

photo of SS Freshspring volunteers

Volunteer on a heritage steamship

Our volunteers support us in many ways including administration, fundraising, attending events, public relations, maritime skills, educational experience, finance, legal and procurement plus general work on board the heritage steamship.

A few interesting facts you may not know

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Years in Bideford


Get in Touch

To find out more, get involved with the Steamship Freshspring Trust, tell us your story or about your visit to SS Freshspring, get in contact.  We would love to hear from you.

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