Help return a unique steam cargo ship to seagoing condition


SS Freshspring in her later life sometime after 1957

Ship on water from estuary

Berthed at Bideford Quay Autumn 2018


School lesson on deck summer 2018

Volunteers and the New Wheelhouse

Volunteers with the new Wheelhouse Spring 2018

2016 end of year social

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.

SS Freshspring will be sympathetically converted to carry cruise passengers in comfortable well appointed cabins along with seafaring cadets or volunteers accommodated in dedicated cabins.

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The commitment of members and volunteers 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.

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Historic Ship


Built in 1946 by Lytham Shipbuilding & Engineering, SS Freshspring was the last of 14 Fresh Class water carriers and is recognised as being of national historical significance on the National Register of Historic vessels.

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SS Freshspring Clothing

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Support and promote the Steamship Freshspring Trust with our new range of branded clothing.

Sweatshirts, T-shirts, Polo Shirts and more are available in a range of sizes and with the Trust logo embroidered on the left breast.

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SS Freshspring Steam Beer


Orders for Freshspring Steam Beer can be placed either by email to or by phone on 01237 420 492.

Payment will need to be made in advance either by BACS (call the brewery for bank details) or by sending a cheque made payable to Clearwater Brewery Ltd, and send to Unit 1, Little Court, Manteo Way, Bideford EX39 4FG

Brilliant Brunel


Maryann Soper has written this 32 page book about Brunel for children. It is illustrated by Ryan Isaac, and covers the great man's achievements.

Copies may be purchased from Maryann Soper, 2 Exmouth Cottages, Lower Ashton, Exeter, EX6 7QJ.

Payment by cheque made to 'Maryann Soper', price £10 incuding postage and packing. Please quote 'Brilliant Freshspring 2018' when ordering as Maryann will donate £1 from each sale to the Trust.