No. 1 on 2nd Street   •   Astoria, Oregon   •   503-325-0033

The Ship Inn started out in Seaside in 1972 as a one-man operation, in a tiny location that housed two picnic tables with benches, two fryers, one kitchen table and the kitchen sink.  In 1974, we opened in Astoria in the present building which was at that time located at 12 West Marine Drive. When the land we stood on was bought from under our feet, we moved the entire building to it’s present location in 1977. There have been various additions and improvements since that time.  We now employ 24 people, and we sell over two tons of fish and seafood per month.

Along with the magnificent view of the Columbia River and the spectacular sunsets, you’ll see large piles of rock near the shore.  These rocks were used as ballast in the old sailing ships as they entered the Columbia, to pick up sealed and canned salmon.  To make room for the fish, they would throw the rocks overboard and they still lie there today.  You will also notice a rusty metal sculpture to the left, which is in reality, a boiler - the only remnant of a burnt-out cannery. You’ll see all types of boats and ships pass within 600 feet of your table, and there are plenty of seals and water birds out there also.

We decided to call our restaurant The Ship Inn, as we’re from Britain, and there’s a Ship Inn pub in almost every port town in England.  Sir Francis Drake’s local pub, which he frequented in the 1560’s and 1570’s, and which is still in operation today in Exeter, England, is also called The Ship Inn.  We have been credited with many awards and commendations over the years... not bad for a little English fish and chips shop.

— Jill Stokeld, Hostess & Owner

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