About The SS Freshspring Trust

The Steamship Freshspring Trust is a registered charity based in North Devon. Its aim is to return SS Freshspring to operation with the mission to preserve the past and inspire knowledge for the future. 

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Our Primary Aims

  • To preserve and ensure future sustainability for SS Freshspring as a working example of 19th and 20th century marine technology for the benefit and educatiuon 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
SS Freshspring Trust

The SS Freshspring Trust

The Steamship Freshspring Trust 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 Trust.


Our Patrons

The Trust has three Patrons of significant standing in society.

The Right Honourable Earl Attlee has been a patron for several years and has been instrumental in raising the profile of the trust. 

Rear Admiral Nigel Guild CB CEng FREng supports education, the return of the ship to operation and careers in the maritime sector.

Captain Kevin Slade MNM CMMar FNI Master Mariner supports education, careers in the maritime sector and future operation of Steamship Freshspring.

All Patrons are actively involved in the Trust’s vision and direction.

John Puddy Chairman of Steamship Freshspring

Our Trustees

We have up to 12 trustees. They are from backgrounds which compliment the direction and aspirations of the trust. Skills range includes maritime, legal, fundraising, IT development, education, ship repair/operation, finance, public relations, management and editorial.


Our Supporters

The Steamship Freshspring Trust is proud to be working in conjunction with a large range of supporters which include:

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. Please promote this service if you can.


The full list of our sponsors

With grateful thanks to our Sponsors who enable us to achieve remarkable progress.

Alco engineering (Manufacturing) Co.
Bideford Town Council
BMT Defence Services
Braddicks Leisure
Clearwater Brewery
Daniel Adamson Preservation Society
Dawson Downie Lamont
DM Scaffolding Bideford
Evans Transport
Keynvor Morlift
National Heritage Memorial Fund
National Historic Ships UK
National Maritime Development Group
Nautilus International

Nick Sampson Haulage
Northam Town Council
RT Marke
Sky High Media
Steam Heritage Publishing Ltd/Vintage Spirit Magazine
The Balsdon Trust
The Bideford Bridge Trust
The Charles Dunstone Charitable Trust
The Headley Trust
The Heritage Lottery Fund
Torridge District Council
Transport Trust
Trinity House
University of the West of England
West Buckland School
Whitelands Engineering
Worshipful Company of Shipwrights

How to get involved

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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.

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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.

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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.

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