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Friday 9th September 2016

Two Rivers II returns to duty. Freshpring due out of drydock.

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The Pilot Boat after shot blasting during the summer.
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Two Rivers II back in service at the Quay.
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Two Rivers II lifting into the river at Babcocks Middle yard Appledore
Bideford Pilot boat Two Rivers II has finished her refit at Babcock Appledore Shipyard, and has returned to service.

The 24 year old boat has been completely shot blasted, and re coated with paint as well as fuel tank refurbishment, external steering gear refurbished/ rebuilt, bulwark piping replaced with solid round bar, fendering bracketing renewed or made good, engine has been serviced and re aligned on new engine beds, fuel filtering system modified, electric wiring loom replaced etc.etc so that she will be good for another 15 years reports her surveyor, R. Pearce and Co. of Falmouth.

The shipyard has ably organised the job using its own staff and local sub contractors to do the work.

Having a reliable and safe boat for the often rough winter work boarding and landing pilots on and off ships is essential.

The historic ship SS FRESHSPRING is due out of drydock perhaps as early as next week says he Chairman of the society Mr John Puddy. When the tides and weather are suitable she will be towed to her berth at Bank End Bideford to continue with the refurbishment programme.