Discover a historic steamship of National Importance

The last of 14 Fresh Class water carriers

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H&W (Appledore) Shipyard
SS Freshspring 2021

Welcome aboard!

SS Freshspring is a historic steamship, recognised as being a vessel of National Importance. Built in 1946, she is the last of 14 Fresh Class water carriers.

Currently berthed at Bideford, as a static exhibit, the aim of the Steamship Freshspring Trust is to return the ship to operation, preserving the past to inspire knowledge for the future.

The ship is open for the season and welcomes visitors every Sunday between 1100 – 1600 until the end of October.

As a thank you to our local community, and to celebrate Bideford’s award of Heritage Harbour status, admission to Freshspring is currently free on Sundays.

Members can visit the ship on volunteer working days. These are usually on a Wednesday. Prior booking is advised.

Learning & Education

Inspiring future generations of engineers and promoting maritime careers.

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I’d like to see the ship leaving the dock under her own steam and be a small part of that.



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.


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.


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.

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