Page Updated:- Tuesday, 09 January, 2024.


Earliest 1802


Closed 2023

Conyer's Quay


01795 520881

Ship 1960s

Above photo 1860s. Kindly sent by Glynn.

Ship 1923

Above postcard 1923, kindly supplied by Rory Kehoe.

Ship 1925

Above photo, 1925, kindly sent by Bob Le-Roi.

Ship 1950s

Above postcard, circa 1934. On the left is a shop, on the right the Wash Backs, remains of the German cement works. Kindly sent by Garth Wyver.

Ship 1934

Above photo, 1934, kindly sent by Garth Wyver.

Above photo, 1934, just showing behind the buildings, kindly sent by Garth Wyver.

Ship 1934

Above photo, 1934, the brickfield chimney is showing behind the pub, kindly sent by Garth Wyver.

Ship date unknown

Photo date unknown from by John Law.

Ship card

Above Whitbread card, 1973 and series unknown.

Ship 1980

Above photo, 7 December 1980, kindly sent by Bob Le-Roi.

Ship 1984

Above photo, 1984, kindly sent by Bob Le-Roi.

Ship Inn

Above photo showing the "Ship Inn" 2013.

Ship 2017

Above photo, 16 June 2017, kindly sent by Bob Le-Roi.

Ship Inn 2023

Above photo 2023.

Ship 2024

Above photo 2024.


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.)


Following information taken from their web site.


The original pub building was a Baker's shop built in 1642 with a Blacksmiths alongside. This was owned by a Stephen Blaxland and in 1802 he successfully applied for an alehouse license and called that part of the building The Ship. The other half continued as a Bakery until 1831 when Sarah Beacon, a widow who had inherited The Ship bought out the Bakery and was granted a full license for the house. Her son William took over in 1853 and changed the name to The Ship Endeavour and the pub traded under that name until 1876. In that year he sold it to a Canterbury brewer called George Beer of the Star Brewery in Broad Street, who changed the name back to The Ship.



The pub changed name some time before 2006 to the "Ship and Smugglers" only to revert back to the "Ship" again after 2006.


From the By Keith Hunt, 11 June 2018.

Former Rainham restaurant boss takes over the helm at the Ship Inn in Conyer.

A well-known former Towns’ restaurant boss has taken over a business in neighbouring Swale.

Damon Dalmedo ran The Barn in Lower Rainham for 15 years.

He is now revamping the Ship Inn by the creek at Conyer, a hamlet between Faversham and Sittingbourne.

Damon Dalmedo 2018

New Ship "skipper" Damon Dalmedo.

After leaving the 17th century Barn, Damon took time out with his family and did some freelance work.

He said: “It is a new venture its a complete new concept of food and service, it is contemporary dining, I’m really excited.”

The 44-year-old was called on to help out at the 18th century Ship by his ex-restaurant manager.

The dad put his culinary skills to good use in the kitchen and was then asked to take over the pub by owner Simon Smedley.

He will be assisted by fellow chef Barry Coppins, who served his apprenticeship at the pub, gained further experience elsewhere and has now returned.

Damon will also have help from his wife Sarah and has brought in his accountant Paul Coleman as a partner.

“With his accountancy brain and my experience in the industry we are a really good marriage,” he says.

“We haven’t got any rules and regulations.

"It is down to the public. It is a case of giving people what they want.

“We will have a varied menu. The classic will stay on the board. There will be a seasonal menu which we will change on a week to week basis. I am eternally grateful for this opportunity at The Ship. I think I have one more in me!”


I am informed that as of May 2021 the premises is being renovated and awaiting a new name above the door, so to speak.


From the By Elli Hodgson 28 December 2023.

Ship Inn at Conyer closes suddenly after notice pinned on door.

Mystery surrounds the sudden closure of a family-run pub.

A notice appeared on the door of the Ship Inn in Conyer from Swale Marina announcing it had ceased trading.

The 18th century free house was once a popular place for customers to eat and drink near the water at Conyer Creek on the Saxon Shore Way between Sittingbourne and Faversham.

Events at the pub were being promoted on its Facebook page right up until its closure, including for an 80s karaoke night on November 25.

The last post, which included pictures from the Halloween Weekender, was shared on November 9.

Cakehole, a rock pop obscure cover band, was one of the last acts to perform at the venue.

A spokesman for the group said they were not aware the pub had since closed and told KentOnline: “We enjoyed playing at this pub. It always had a good atmosphere.”

Ship Inn closure sign 2024

A notice has been pinned on the door of the Ship Inn.

It had also had positive reviews on TripAdvisor in the weeks before it shut.

A review from October reads: “What a wonderful welcome from the staff…best roast we have had in years and would highly recommend.”

While another reviewer added: “A superb, welcoming local pub with good ales, good food and friendly locals.”

The Ship Inn and Swale Marina have been contacted for comment.

The pub was once a landing post for smugglers as it was an ideal place for dropping off contraband due to its remote location.

The Ship Inn, which was originally a bakery and blacksmiths, then became an alehouse in 1802.


From the By Megan Carr, 6 January 2024.

Ship Inn at Conyer on the market after sudden closure.

A family-run pub which mysteriously closed has been put on the market for nearly 600,000.

Leisure property specialist Fleurets has revealed that the Ship Inn at Conyer, near Teynham, has been put up for sale by private clients after its lease came to an end.

Last month, a notice from owners Swale Marina appeared on the door of the freehouse announcing it had ceased trading.

The 18th-century pub was once a popular place for customers to eat and drink near the water at Conyer Creek on the Saxon Shore Way between Sittingbourne and Faversham.

Events were being promoted on the Ship’s Facebook page right up until its closure – including a 1980s karaoke night on November 25 – but there was no announcement about the pub ceasing trade.

Both Swale Marina and the Ship Inn were contacted for comment but neither have responded.

The freehold of the property is on the market at a guide price of 595,000.

Fleurets is advertising the listing as “boasting a unique rural village setting” that is “a favourite and special pub in the area”.

It has been fully refurbished and is described as being “well presented throughout” and “rewarding customers with views over the Swale Marina and creek”.

The refurb saw the dining areas extended and the kitchen upgraded.

A Fleurets spokesman added: “This has increased the trading potential meaning there is very little need for any further investment.

“This is a fantastic, unique opportunity to continue successfully serving the local communities, as well as customers from further afield drawn to this lovely unspoilt coastal area, whether by land or water.”

Ship inside 2023

Inside the Ship Inn at Conyer. Picture: Fleurets.

In addition to the trade areas, there is also owner’s living accommodation complete with a double bedroom.

Simon Bland, senior associate for Fleurets, added: “I’m super pleased to be handling the sale of the Ship Inn.

“In my view, it is quite simply one of the best privately owned free houses in Kent and utterly unique both in its setting and character.

“We’re expecting plenty of inquiries and looking forward to finding a great new owner for it – no doubt they will have fallen in love!”

The pub was once a landing post for smugglers as it was an ideal place for dropping off contraband due to its remote location.

The Ship Inn, which was originally a bakery and blacksmith, then became an alehouse in 1802.

Viewings are by appointment through Fleurets. Call 0207 280 4700 or email



BLAXLAND Stephen 1802+

BEACON Sarah 1831-47+ Bagshaw's Directory 1847

PIERCE John 1851+ (age 46 in 1851Census)

BEACON William John 1853-61+ Post Office Directory 1855Post Office Directory 1861 (Ship Endeavour) (age 39 in 1861Census)

BROWN William 1861+ (age 59 in 1861Census)

BACON W 1869-70

BACON Sarah Ann Jane 1870-71+ (age 43 in 1871Census) (Ship Endeavour)

FROST Ebenezer 1874-91 Post Office Directory 1874CensusPost Office Directory 1891 (Ship Endeavour) (age 48 in 1881Census)

MATSON John 1899+ Kelly's 1899

MITSON Mrs 1901-03+ (age 51 in 1901Census) Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903

TRICE Stephen 1911 (age 44 in 1911Census)

TRICE Mrs Emma 1911-13+ (age 47 in 1911Census) Post Office Directory 1913

TRICE Stephen 1918-30+ Post Office Directory 1918Post Office Directory 1922Post Office Directory 1930

FOSTER Edward William 1934+ Kelly's 1934

GOLDING Ernest H 1938-39+ (age 60 in 1939) Post Office Directory 1938

SMELDEY Simon 2009-May/18

DALMEDO Damon & Sarah 2018-Apr/21


Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Post Office Directory 1855From the Post Office Directory 1855

Post Office Directory 1861From the Post Office Directory 1861

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874


Post Office Directory 1891From the Post Office Directory 1891

Kelly's 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office Directory 1903

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Post Office Directory 1918From the Post Office Directory 1918

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Post Office Directory 1930From the Post Office Directory 1930

Kelly's 1934From the Kelly's Directory 1934

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938


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