Sort file:- Sheerness, December, 2022.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 18 December, 2022.


Earliest 1599-

Ship Hotel

Latest 1930+

4 West Street

Blue Town



The earliest mention I know of this pub, or at least one with this name, is from 1599, when it was owned by a Michael Woolett.

I have seen reference to the pub called by that name when an auction was taking place in September 1773 and catalogues could be obtained from this premises.

In 1869-70 the pub was part of a consortium who were advertising their goods of selling tea in response to grocers' selling beer and wine. (Click for further details.)


I have reference to this pub from the Kentish Gazette or Canterbury Chronicle September 1768, when the paper advertised the sale of household furniture at Minster Abbey, on the Isle of Sheppey. It was stated that catalogues could be obtained from this public house. See Notes of 1768. Looking at the building though, I wouldn't have thought that this is the one mentioned in 1768.


Further research from the Stephen Rouse diaries transcribed  by Wendy James has found the following:-

26 Mar 1777... at Mr Boarer’s measuring and planning the Old Ship and gardens.

27 Mar - …About the plan of the Old Ship house till 5...

28 Mar - …about the plan of 4 new houses where the Old Ship stands.

10 Sept .... at the old Ship house pulling down....

Wendy James, who sent me the above says it was pulled down and replaced with 4 houses.


Kentish Gazette, 31 January 1778.

To be sold by auction, on Monday, 9th of February next, at the house of Sarah Hunter, known by the sign of the "Ship," at the Blue Houses in Minster in the Isle of Sheppey, at 11 o'clock in the forenoon.

One Messuage, now in two Dwellings, with a Carpenter's Shop, Shoemakers Shop, and other Appurtenances thereto belonging; situate at the Blue Houses in Minster aforesaid, and now in the occupation of John Rouse, Carpenter and his Undertenants.

The premises are held at a Ground Rent of 1 13s. upon a lease for 3 Lives (all of which are in being) renewable on Payments of 7 Years Ground Rent for each Life dropped; and may be viewed by applying to the tenant on the spot, or to Mr. Stephen Rouse at Minster.

Any person, inclined to purchase the above States by private contract, may be treated with, by applying, on or before the 5th of February next, to Mr. William Bennett, Merchant; or to Messr's Buck and Tappenden, Attorneys, in Faversham; and in Case a Sale by Private Contract shall take Place, Notice thereof will be given in this Paper.


Kentish Gazette 8 January 1802.

Saturday last remains of Lewis Row, late master of the "Ship" public house, at Blue Town, near Sheerness, was conveyed from his brother's house, the sign of the "Red Lion," near the church, at which place a few days since he died, to be interred at Strood, Rochester. The procession was attended by the gentleman belonging to the volunteer cavalry of Sheerness, of which he was a member, and all the military forms were paid, as usual, at such internment.

(I also have reference of him being of the "King's Head." Paul Skelton.)


Kentish Gazette 12 March 1802.

On Tuesday evening between 7 and 8 o'clock, a most daring robbery was committed at the "Ship Inn," Sheerness. When the people of the house were busy serving their customers, some villain or villains took the opportunity of going upstairs, and with an iron crow broke open the bed room door, where Mr. and Mrs. Raine sleep, searching every drawer and closet in the room, and stole cash and bank notes to the amount of upwards of 70. with which they got clear off; through a quantity of plate to a considerable amount, and 2 gold watches were in the room, they did not take any of these articles away. A desperate gang of miscreants infest that place, who have no visible means of living (except by robbery and plunder); they often entice the invalid sailors into some public-house, make them drunk, and then rob them of their property.


From the Kentish Gazette, 8 February 1842.


Jan. 26, Mrs. Eaton, wife of Mr. John Eaton, landlord of the "Ship Inn," Blue Town, Sheerness.


From the Kentish Gazette, 11 November 1845.

Suicide at Sheerness.

Considerable excitement prevailed here on Wednesday morning, on its being rumoured that a strange gentleman had committed suicide at the "Ship Tavern," the previous night by hanging himself from the bedstead. He had only arrived the previous day by the London steamer, his sole luggage being a large carpet bag. On the landlord calling him in the morning he found the bed-room door locked, and receiving no answer to several applications for admittance he gave the alarm; the door was forced open and the wretched man was found suspended from the bed-post. Medical aid was immediately procured, but the vital spark had long fled. An inquest was held on the body on Friday, before J. Hinde, esq., but after the examination of the landlord the inquiry was adjourned to Wednesday, in order to allow time for endeavouring to find out who the deceased was.


Kentish Gazette, 16 September 1851.

On Tuesday an inquest was held at the "Ship Tavern," before T. Hills, Esq., coroner, on the body of Mr. Robert Harris.

Deceased was a drill sergeant belonging to the Royal Dock-yard, Blue Town, and was in his usual health on Monday morning, when his wife got up, leaving him in bed; shortly after she went up stairs to see why he had not got up, when she found him insensible, having had a fit of apoplexy.

Deceased never spoke afterwards and died in a few hours. He has left a family of seven children.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, 12 May 1900. Price 1d.


On Saturday evening Mr. W. J. Harris, District Coroner, held an inquiry at the "Ship Hotel," Sheerness, relative to the death of a man named Allred West, a blacksmith's mate in the Royal Navy, who was drowned in Sheerness Harbour on December 30th last year, whilst assisting to moor H.M.S Diadem upon her return home from sea. The body was in a very advanced state of decomposition, but identification was clearly established by the marks "A. West," on the deceased's guernsey. Deceased's hands were missing, and all the flesh was gone from his legs. The deceased was a native of Bunker's Hill, Buckland, a village near Dover, and one sad fact connected with his death is that he was shortly to have been married. The evidence showed that the body was seen floating in the river on Friday afternoon, and was towed to the mortuary by the Royal Artillery Garrison boat John Filtness, a signalman on board H.M.S. Pembroke, deposed that on December the 30th he was on duty on board H.M.S. Diedem when she came into Sheerness Harbour. The deceased, Allred West, was told off with three others to secure the Diadem to No. 7 buoy in Sheerness Harbour. The wire hawser was carried away, and the buoy tilted causing the four men to fall into the water. Deceased could not swim and was drowned, but the other three were saved. One of them dived down for and found deceased, but he was unable to bring him to the surface; in fact, it was only with great difficulty that be saved himself. The Coroner said it was a most commendable act, and he was sorry the man was at sea in the Diadem, or he and the jury would have eulogised him for his bravery. The jury returned a verdict of “Accidentally drowned." The remains of the deceased were buried in the Isle of Sheppey Cemetery on Monday afternoon with full naval honours.



WOOLETT Michael 1599.

HUNTER Sarah 1778+

LAMB Mrs 1792+

ROWE Lewis to Jan/1802 dec'd

POLLINGTON John 1824-28+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

GEDDES John 1832-39+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

LONG Samuel 1840+

EATON John 1842+

BIGG Richard 1847+

HAVARD James 1855-74 (also Agent to Woolwich & Medway Steamboat Company in 1855 age 43 in 1861)

ROBERTS Henry 1881-82+ (age 49 in 1881Census)

ROBERTS Elizabeth Mrs 1891+

HUMPHREY Henry J 1891-1913+ (age 28 in 1891Census)

HUTLEY Harold 1930+ Kelly's 1830


Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34


Kelly's 1830From the Kelly's Directory 1930


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