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The Ship, York, Yorkshire

Picture source: Darkstar

The Ship was situated at 5 Kings Staith and is now used as the Waterfront restaurant. The publican in 1893 was Thomas Air.
In the 1861, Kelly’s Directory, the landlord of ‘The Ship’ in Kings Street (King’s Staith) was Richard Booth. Richard went onto have the Saddle on Mount Street where he died aged 55 in 1874.
In an 1867 directory ‘The Ship’ was under the name of Joseph Booth (victualler) - Richard's son & my great great grandfather. In a later directory Joseph Booth had slightly changed the name to ‘The Ship Inn’, 14 King Street as it was on the 1871 Census, when Joseph, aged 34 was a Waterman & Licensed Victualler, of the Ship Inn, 14 King Street, with Mary now aged 36.
The Ship, we seem to know of goes back to 1787 and was rebuilt in 1851 as part of the first clearance of the Water Lanes. To help us look at this public house, perhaps we should note that in 1902 it had three bedrooms, all used by the family. On the ground floor it had a smoke room and a bar, both very small, a taproom and two private kitchens, from which food could be provided. The family and customers used the only toilet. It closed in 1976.
Derek Cartwright (July 2014)

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Date of photo: 1964

Picture source: Kevin O'Donnell

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Name Dates Comments
Les Stephenson 1959/1960 My dad Norman Stephenson was landlord here i loved living here apart from the floods, my bedroom window was top left, lovely views of the river