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Steamship Freshspring

ss Freshspring at Bideford.
ss Freshspring at Bideford.
ss Freshspring in her working days.
ss Freshspring in her working days.
ss Freshspring's main engine.
ss Freshspring's main engine.

Built in 1946, SS Freshspring is on the National Register of Historic vessels. She was the last of 14 Fresh Class water carriers to be built, all of which were 121 feet in length and were powered by a triple expansion steam engine.


  • Parking
  • Part disabled access


Steamship Freshspring Society


The Quay Bideford Devon

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Open days

Open for tours on Wed & Sun 1400-1600.


By Bus: Stagecoach 21, 21A

By Rail: Barnstaple / 9 miles

 Her duty was to replenish Naval ships with fresh water for use in boilers. She also acted as a fire tender when required. The sole survivor of the class, she is now being restored as a visitor attraction as part of a plan to return her to working condition in the future. A new wheelhouse is due to be fitted this Spring.

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