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SHIP - 31 SOUTH STREET 1933 to 1984
1933 Opened as 'The Ship Grill' by John Gardner,
It later became the Bristol & West Building society.

Apparently, the ship had portholes along the inside walls which were partially filled with water and at the touch of a switch a wave motion would start up in each one!

It has also has been said that when the national anthem was played, no one was required to stand up. This was not a sign of disrespect, but rather one of tradition. A inside was built to mimic a galleon, where due to the low ceiling, (there wasn't one) standing was difficult and so the King’s (or Queen’s) heath was toasted from the seated position. (unconfirmed)


The narrow but very long bar of the Ship in South Street .
Date unknown. Websters is presumably the company that owned the pub, or possibly a brewery.

I note with interest, that it was a time when a soda fountain could be left safely on the bar - not something we would see these days.


The Ship is now the 'West Cornwall Pasty Company', but we're pleased to see that a nautical theme is still being kept.

Known landlords

!933 - John Gardner
1940's  - George & Betty Evans
1984 - Closed