Built in 1946, SS Freshspring is recognised as being of national historical significance on the National Register of Historic vessels. Built by Lytham Shipbuilding and Engineering Co for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA), she was the last of 14 Fresh Class water carriers, all of which were 121 feet in length and were powered by a triple expansion steam engine. Her duty was to replenish Naval ships with fresh water for use in boilers.
Initially her long term base was in Malta, but returned to the UK for service at Devonport, Clyde and Pembroke Docks. After sale to a private owner she moved to Bristol.
SS Freshspring had secured a grant of £155,000 from the National Heritage Memorial Fund which will allow work to progress to save the ship and ensure its future on the Bideford waterfront where the aim is a return to operation, following a sympathetic convertion to carry cruise passengers in comfortable well appointed cabins.
Members will receive a quarterly newsletter and be kept up-to-date with progress, both onboard and ashore.
2016 Membership rates are £15 per year for adults and £12 for concessions