The SS Freshspring is due to make her journey to Bideford this month as she finishes restorations at Sharpness dry dock. The historic steamship is currently undergoing a £155,000 project to prepare her for her arrival in Bideford, which is due to be completed on September 19. She will then, tide and weather depending, be towed to Bideford by Keynvor Morlift free of charge, where she will moor along Landivisiau Walk. John Puddy, chairman of the SS Freshspring Trust, said: This is an exciting opportunity for Bideford as it brings a true focus on maritime heritage, providing education, volunteering and a boost to tourism. We are very pleased to be instrumental in helping to increase the awareness of Bideford as a high profile historic port with a ship, which is recognised as being of national importance. I am very pleased with the support we are gaining from local people who will be very much instrumental in the success of the project. Initially the SS Freshspring will be a static exhibit, but the trusts plan is to restore her and use her for short cruise trips. A public meeting is being held on Tuesday (September 13) for anyone interested in finding out more about how the project is commencing so far. The meeting will be held at Bideford Conservative Club in Bridgeland Street at 7pm. The trust has also begun advertising an occupational study course for ages 16-18, run by Integer, on a not-for-profit basis. The course will include a hands on approach to learning including areas such as hospitality, leisure and tourism and design, media and technology. Maria Bailey, president of the Bideford and District Chamber of Commerce, said: This project is exactly what is needed in the town as an educational resource, to generate increased tourism and interest in heritage. The outcome will be a boost to the local economy, creating a focus on the towns extensive maritime history To find out more about the course, which starts on September 26, contact Jacky Maynard at Integer on 01288 356263.