Are you looking for a friendly local boozer serving real ale, a darts team, a pool table, or somewhere to hold a party or private function? Or are you just interested in the origin of the UK's pub names?
Many pubs are named after specific ships and ocean-going vessels, predominantly in maritime areas such as naval and port towns. However there is little information about the origins of the generic "Ship" moniker. A quick look at a map plotting the positions of all pubs called "Ship" shows the vast majority around the coast. Those that are found in rural areas probably derive from 'shippon' which is a cattle or manure shed.