Earliest ????


Open 2009+

347 High Street


Ship 2009

Above photo 2009 by N Chadwick Creative Commons Licence.

Ship sign 1991

Above sign, October 1991.

With thanks from Brian Curtis


The Stage, Thursday 24 July 1975.

It is almost a year ago that Don Rose, licensee of Rochester's "Ship" pub, opened his Gaiety Bar, decorated to provide the atmosphere of the Music Hall. The walls are covered with relics from many of are now closed theatres.

Don has built the bar's reputation quickly and it has enabled him to present for variety every night of the week. Few pubs in Kent can post this.

For the anniversary "do" Don has booked Kim Cordell.

But who else for such a venue. Kim went like a firecracker at Sittingbourne Queen's Theatre.

I know she'll raise the roof at The Gaiety. And I intend to be there to watch.


The Stage, Thursday 11 November 1976.

Kentish is where the hops really come from. That fact alone makes the County pubs Country! And pubs are big business on the showbiz front today. You can forget the idea that down here that all the pubs are oak-beamed and full of yokels moving at a snail's pace.

Entertainment is IN at the INNS take my word. No, don't take my word just listen to the people I've been talking to in an in-depth round up.

An authority on the subject is Don Rose, landlord of Rochester "Ship Inn." His pub has been setting the pace in Kent.

He said. "We are finding that people are no longer content to sit in a bar with no music and just stare at one another. They want more for their money and in these days of moral liberation we are able to do things which a few years go would have shocked people around here."

The "Ship" has been the first pub in the Medway area (former home of the great Empire variety theatre, the Theatre Royal and the Old Barnard's Music Hall) to provide entertainment every night of the week; organists, singers, comics are the order of the day before last orders are called.


I think I will - and pop out for a ginger ale.

Jimmy Hodge Jnr.


This pub is one in the list of my "Project 2014."

As such I have found a picture of the pub, but to date have no other information. Local knowledge, further pictures, and licensee information would be appreciated.

I will be adding the historical information when I find or are sent it, but this project is a very big one, and I do not know when or where the information will come from.

All emails are answered.



ATKINS Catherine Mrs 1858+

HUMBLE Jane 1861+ (widow age 36 in 1861Census)

ALLEN Elizabeth Mrs 1870+

PETT William 1874+

BROOMFIELD Frederick 1891-1903+ (age 52 in 1891Census)

BAKER Ephraim George 1911+ (age 38 in 1911Census)

GAMMON Albert Edward 1913-22+

PAGE Henry 1930+

JARRETT Herbert 1938+

ROSE Don 1975-76+




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