Ship Inn

Margate, Kent, England, UK

Demolished 2003

The Disappointed Tourist: Ship Inn, Ellen Harvey, 2021. Oil and acrylic on Gessoboard, 18 x 24″ (46 x 61 cm). Photograph: Etienne Frossard.

It was gone by the time I arrived 10+ years ago but it seems to have attained almost mythic status among people that grew up there of my sort of age. Sarah M.

The Ship Inn opened on the Rendevous in 1966, replacing a previous Ship Inn that had been demolished to make way for a new dual carriageway in 1939. The blue plaque indicating that J. M. W. Turner had frequented the original inn, was hung inside the new building. The new pub became an important venue for up and coming bands. It was taken over in 1980 by Alan and Jacqueline Epps. The Ship was demolished in 2003 to make way for Turner Contemporary and the blue plaque commemorating Turner is now located within the new gallery. The painting is based on a photograph by Shaun Gardiner.