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    Historic steamship finds new home in Bideford

    BIDEFORD waterfront will soon have a new addition, historic steamship the SS Freshspring will be coming to the town after a last minute grant of £155,000 was secured.

    The news was announced at a gala dinner to raise money to bring the ship to Bideford by Earl Attlee, one of the Freshspring Society's patrons.

    Funding to save the ship came from a £155,000 grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund.

    Earl Attlee said: "What immediately struck me about this project was not just that I assessed it as technically viable and sustainable in operation.

    "What really made the difference was the social and educational aspects of the project.

    "That is the desire to inspire youngsters, of both sexes, to take up or consider a career in engineering or at sea."

    Read the full article here - http://www.northdevonjournal.co.uk/H...ail/story.html
    SS Freshspring Society website - http://www.ssfreshspring.co.uk/
    SS Freshspring on facebook - http://www.facebook.com/SSFreshspringSociety

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    Re: Historic steamship finds new home in Bideford

    This would appear to be quite remarkable. A result as they say and you don't get results without real effort. Excellent

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    Re: Historic steamship finds new home in Bideford

    Yes, it's been quite a bit of work just to get this far, but moving to Bideford and a publicly accessible location will be the springboard to the full restoration and steaming. The workload only increases from here on as we go about the next round of fundraising.
    SS Freshspring Society website - http://www.ssfreshspring.co.uk/
    SS Freshspring on facebook - http://www.facebook.com/SSFreshspringSociety

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    Re: Historic steamship finds new home in Bideford

    Good news and well done to all concerned.

    Nigel
    nthomas, proud to be a member of National Steam Ship Preservation since Jun 2011.

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