A crowdfund is aiming to bring new life to Bideford Quay’s Steamship Freshspring.
Built in 1946, she is the last surviving example of the Fresh Class of water carriers that supplied our Royal Navy, Freshspring is currently a static exhibit enjoyed by locals and tourists alike.
The Steamship Freshspring Trust is an educational charity, which owns this historic vessel. They aim to both restore the ship to working condition and to use it as an educational resource, aimed at encouraging young people to consider a career in the maritime and engineering industries.
The historic vessel needs a new awning to help make a fantastic covered space for a range of special events, disabled visitors and a variety of school group activities.
A spokesperson for the Trust said: “The awning will make a fantastic covered space for a range of special events, disabled visitors and a variety of school group activities. To make the available space on board as useful as possible, we’re going to fit an enclosed awning over the deck.
“The more events we can cater for on board, the more people we can engage with and the higher our chance of achieving our objective.
“Our objective is that by 2025 the SS Freshspring will be fully restored to working order and a nationally recognised attraction, both as a maritime resource and as an educational facility and tourist attraction to North Devon.
“We have already engaged with a South West based UK manufacturer of awnings and structures who has been selected, and the design confirmed and costed. Like many charitable organisations run by volunteers, for projects such as this raising funds can be a challenge. The Crowdfunder project for Steamship Freshspring Deck awning will allow us to commission the build of the awning and carry out deck works to provide a fantastic covered space for a wide range of special events, for disabled visitors and school group learning activities.
“To be part of this amazing journey to help Freshspring steam again, please use the following link to kindly donate generously to support this project for the Awning.”
For more information and how to donate see here.