A large portion of the shoreline outside Sheerness is protected by a large sea wall, put there to prevent coastal erosion. Whilst some might argue it is not the most aesthetically pleasing thing in the beautiful county of Kent, it provides an opportunity for a pleasant walk by the shore with views across the Thames estuary towards Essex.
Whilst briefly visiting Sheerness and having a walk along the sea wall, my companion and I felt like stopping for a pint and came upon the Ship on Shore.
Admittedly it was early in the day and a weekday so it was not too busy, but we were welcomed warmly by the landlord, who was a great source of local information. We sat outside in the pleasant garden area and enjoyed our drinks. Although we id not eat here, the daily specials menu looked quite interesting.
Nothing outstanding about this place just a good friendly little local pub.
"Thus in all things, in wisdom, courage, force, knowledge of our own streams, and success, the Dutch have the best of us, and do end the war with victory on their side", wrote Samuel Pepys on 29 July on the Raid on the Medway, also called the Battle of Medway or the Battle of Chatha.
The Dutch attack on English ships and dockyards took place in June 1667 during the Second Anglo-Dutch War. The Dutch bombarded Sheerness, went up the River Thames to Gravesend, then up the River Medway to Chatham, where they burnt four capital ships, and towed away the Royal Charles, pride and normal flagship of the English fleet.
In a discreet place in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, you can still see the frontispiece of the Royal Charles, with the Lion and Unicorn and the inscription Dieu et Mon Droit.
A small force of Dutch Marines occupied the town during this invasion, and helped themselves to the sheep but not the women, according to this website below....
Ticket office opening hours
Weekdays: 06:30 - 13:15
Saturday: 06:30 - 13:15
Sunday: 07:45 - 13:15
There is also cycle parking at the station in lockers.....