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Ship-A-Hoy, 1235 Main Street: 1959   7 comments

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I first became aware of Ship-A-Hoy in Augusta Georgia. The restaurant has changed owners since then, but when I started working in Augusta, the Athens Restaurant & Taverna at the foot of the Bobby Jones Expressway was run by a man who had some family connection to the Columbia Ship-a-Hoy and he had several black and white photos of the interior posted by the cash registers.

Given that it had closed before I was born, I had never heard of Ship-A-Hoy, but the pictures showed a really elaborate interior, someplace that very much said "fine dining" rather than "fish camp".

As near as I can figure, the restaurant would have been about where the parking garage in the NBSC building now is. Certainly the Ship-A-Hoy building itself is gone, as currently NBSC is 1221, and the next building is 1241. The phonebook ad (from 1959) lists the address as 1235, but the postcard lists it as 1235 - 1237 suggesting Ship Ahoy was a pretty big place.

Written by ted on September 28th, 2010

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  1. I remember going to Ship - a - Hoy , as a child, in the late 1940's and early '50's. I was always intrigued with the nautical decor; especially the mounted swordfish on the walls. There was a location in downtown Atlanta, just below the entrance to the Ansley Hotel's parking garage.

    Do you have any information about Shimmy's steak restaurant that had the world's best charcoaled grilled steaks at really great prices? The grill must have been eight to ten fee long, although time may have clouded my memory.



    Ed Anderson

    6 Apr 13 at 5:14 pm

  2. I remember the Ship Ahoy in Augusta and Columbia. We went there with our mother as early as the 40's. We would get shrimp cocktails, must have been very cheap. Imagine! I could not eat, looking around at the interior...My mother would keep reminding us to eat. Then we would go out on Main Street and have our pictures made by the sidewalk photographers...
    Such good memories in spite of the fact there was a war going on during some of this time!


    8 Jan 17 at 7:09 am

  3. I remember going to the Ship Ahoy back in the 50's in Columbia. I always got the shrimp cocktail. I lived in a small town about an hour away from Columbia. I enjoyed my trips to the "city".


    20 Jun 18 at 9:36 am

  4. The Ship Ahoy restaurant opened on January 16, 1941 at 1235-1237 Main Street on the southwestern corner of Main and Lady. It was on the ground floor of a two-story, Reconstruction-era building and a hotel was on the second floor. The restaurant was originally owned by Ship Ahoy, Inc of Atlanta of which James Pantazis was president. At the time it opened, the Columbia Ship Ahoy was one of a chain of three restaurants with others in Atlanta and Houston. The restaurant served Columbia for 19 years and went out of business in 1960. At the time it closed, it was owned by George Corfias who purchased it in 1959. The building was demolished in 1968 to make way for the new SCN Center which was completed in 1971 and was originally an office building owned by South Carolina National Bank. The building is currently owned and occupied by Novel Coworking, LLC.

    Paul Armstrong

    26 Apr 21 at 11:41 pm

  5. Great info, Thanks!


    27 Apr 21 at 9:31 am

  6. I remember being taken there by my older sister for my tenth
    Birthday .There was a lobster tank in the main st window. That would have been August 1943. Great memories of the restaurant and my sister


    18 Nov 23 at 10:10 am

  7. Loved Ship AHoy.

    Pat Keadle

    20 Nov 23 at 6:04 pm

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