Discover a historic steamship of National Importance
The last of 14 Fresh Class water carriers
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.
SS Freshspring is now open on Saturdays 11am – 4pm.
Adults (17 years+) £2.50
Children (16 and under) FREE
Inspiring future generations of engineers and promoting maritime careers.
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.
- Monkleigh Primary School visit – learning the lingo!
- Freshspring volunteers share what volunteering means to them: Mental Health Awareness Week 2022
- Northam Town Council grant to support SS Freshspring maintenance
- A cracking start to the season with the Easter bank holiday opening!
- Freshspring welcomes Laurel and Hardy onboard to entertain WI Bideford group visit!
- Bideford College students visit Freshspring for ‘Enrichment Week’