Yesterday, looking for a bite to eat I stopped at a pub in Machen called the White Hart. I pulled into the car aprk and wondered if it was even open, looked very run down. I opened the front door and found myself looking down a long corridor and thought I had walked onto the Titanic. The corridor was long, curved like a ship and clad with wonderful, if tatty, pale wood panelling. When I walked in to the bar that too was clad in a different panelling, probably oak and I commented that it was like a ship. The only customer in the bar told me that the wood was indeed from a ship and that there was photo of her on the wall. The landlord went in to tell me that the ship was scrapped in 1961 in Newport and the owner of the pub at the time had salvaged some of the panelling, and that he had actually used it in 3 pubs that he owned. One of these was the New Inn near Chepstow, but the wood has already been removed from there. He aslo believe there was a pub in Cardiff or Barry where it was used and he thought it was called the Plymouth Arms. I am now trying to track down as much as I can about this ship. The Plymouth Arms in Cardiff is long gone so i dont know if that was the right pub. And I doint think its the Plymouth in St.Fagans. I have discovered that the Barry Hotel in barry saved an entire room from the ship, but that now has been converted to apartments so I dont know if it was saved or not. I have managed to track down one of her lifeboats in Norfolk-not bad for 5 hours work last night. Another pub that has been mentioned as having wood salvaged from a ship is the Royal George on Cryws Road, can anyone confirm this. If anybody in Cardiff or more likely Newport knows anything please speak up. I guess there maybe artefacts from the ship still in Newport in collections or just gathering dust. If anyone knows of anything or sees anything for sale in local antique/junk shops please get in touch. Typically items from the ship will have the flag of C&P on them like this.