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Ship and Smuggler Inn

Quay House, Conyer, Sittingbourne

Since the building dates from 1642, the Ship has had a chequered past as a private house, a blacksmith’s shop, a bakery and then as an alehouse. In one of the battles between the smugglers and the Bow Street Runners near the Ship, many of those captured were hanged or transported for life. One convict, who did return from the colonies, drown in a storm outside the Ship and Smuggler. He is the man dressed as a seafarer who still haunts the pub. Before he manifests in the Ship and Smuggler, witnesses have watched his ghostly corpse stagger out of the waves and towards the pub’s front door.
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