Page Updated:- Sunday, 15 May, 2022.


Earliest 1802


Open 2020+

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.


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.



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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