Saturday 15th October 2016

Freshpring to arrive in Bideford.

SS FRESHSPRING is due to arrive at her berth at Bank End, Llandivisiau walk on Sunday tomorrow evening High Water 1847 hrs tide.

She will be brought here now her berth is clear by the SEVERN SEA a survey/ work vessel owned By KEYNVOR MORLIFT from Appledore Shipyard, where she has lain since being towed from Sharpness in late September, also by the SEVERN SEA.

The ship has a remarkable triple expansion steam engine with a triple fired Scotch boiler. She will continue to be renovated by her volunteer members of the Freshspring Society under the Chaimanship of Mr John Puddy who is  the driving force of the society.

The ship will need further grants from outside sources (including the heritage Lottery Fund.) to complete her restoration which will take some years before she is an operational, passenger carrying vessel.

Meanwhile educational groups will be given guided tours of the fascinating vessel.

Freshspring arriving in the estuary last month