The Sinking Ship

The Sinking Ship Club was based in an entry in Underbank Stockport.

I remember going there in about 1967. People used to go between here and the Tab.

Micheal J carr owned the club and took the money on the door which had a round porthole window. He only had one leg due to a road acceident.

Once there was a fire thee any he jumped from a three stoiry building with his pet dog. He eventually died years later in another road acciedent.

Jimmi Hendrix played there. Some tunes I remember were as follows:- New Girl in school-Jan and Dean, Al Capone-Prince Buster, Mellow yellow-Donovan, See saw-Don Covay

It was popular with the mods and scooter boys/girls.

Part of the great times in Stockport.  

Bernard Roberts

Set in Sandstone caves. Managed by one of The Four Just Men I beleive. Serious fire damage closed it, and almost caused the death of, I think his name was Demitrius. Images available, me playing with a band called Studio One.

Alan Thom

Mike Carr was one of the nicest guys I had ever met ... he made a huge success of his coffee bar at a time when "mods" were looking for a place to go. 

Good music ... good company. 

Unfortunately he met an early death in a tragic motor accident - everyone was totally shocked!  Wimple Winch - BRILLIANT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mike was very much missed at the time.


Inside shot of The Sinking Ship (right) - 1966 I think, early 67.

Myself, lead Alan Thom, brother Brian Thom drummer, Ken Ham bass and Rod Simons sax. We had previously toured as The Rod Simon Showband from that era, before going soul, jazz-rock almost prog.

Before we (I) knocked things on the head (life & marriage) the lineup extended to another baritone sax, trumpet and Hammond organ touring Manchester and beyond.

Alan Thom

The cost to see Jimi Hendrix play was five shillings ... whilst Cat Stevens was seven and six. Most went to "Turners" for a drink.


Worked with Mike at Simon engineering, he used to drive me to see the ship being developed at dinner times in his open topped MG.   Memories!!!

Dave Garnett

Remember going to see Long John Baldry playing there with Julie Driscoll They called themselves The Steam Packet I think.

It got so warm dancing in that sandstone cave that water condensed on the roof and you would get rained on. The girls danced around their handbags.

It was a fabulous time for the Mods on our scooters I bought my first blue pinstrip suit from Burtons. I think I paid £8.00 for it about 1966/67.

Shaun Hallworth

Michael Joseph Carr was my fiance, he died in March 1968 and we were due to be married in June the same year.  The guy who had only one leg was not Michael, but his partner, Dave Robinson - he lost his leg in a car accident.

Brenda-Marie Costello

Michael Carr, owner of the Sinking Ship was my fiance.  He did not take money on the door, works for Symonds or have only one leg - that was his partner, Dave Robinson. 

Brenda-Marie Whittam Costello



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bernard roberts
FAO Brenda-Marie Whittam Costello.

Brenda any chance I could contact you to ask about The Sinking Ship club and Michael Carr ?
31st January 2017 5:45am
The sinking ship is now a make-up school. I did this video recently showing the cave where the bands used to play
22nd January 2017 1:00am
Ian Folcarelli
I met Mike at the Medici coffee bar in Rochdale 1963/64. When visiting Rochdale. I had an accident on my lambretta and was in hospital for a while, I popped into the Medici one night and Mike gave me a job. Shortly after that he opened the Tender Trap club in Littleborough when I became the DJ... Then another venture in Milnrow was the Three Cellars Club where many of the new scene groups were to appear. After this I moved back to London and got married. God knows how he found out, but I received a telegramme congratulating me on my marriage... Would I like to come back to Rochdale and work with him in the Sinking Ship in Stockport... I worked there in 1966 with my wife for around 6 months..but being newly weds wanted more time together so we returned to London... Mike, his mum Rene and sister Pat were three of the nicest people I ever met. I heard about Mike' death which left me quite devastated. The last time I saw Rene and Pat was in a small cafe in Rochdale, not sure of the ... Read More
19th August 2016 6:00am
There was a sign over the door which read something along the lines of:"This is the scene with the record and the groups that appear are so hip, So ???? ???? and ???? ????, For this is the Sinking Ship" Can anyone remember this and fill in the missing words ?
12th March 2016 4:08am
Peter Johnson
I remember playing with Studio One on a baritone sax lent to me by Rod Symons. We also had a regular gig upstairs at the Warren Bulckeley pub. The trumpet player was Rick Bennett. Very good band, wish I had stayed with them. I have some photos if anyone interested.
1st August 2015 3:48am
david robinson
Re The Sinking Ship Clubs DJ I think his other name was Tony Prince
4th September 2014 1:06am
david robinson
re Peter Quinn's query the crazy DJ was "The Baron From Radio One" as far as I remember, but is many many years ago!
1st September 2014 10:42pm
johnny brannigan
where you been?
12th September 2014 5:00am
david robinson
e-mail me
14th September 2014 2:42am
david robinson
perhaps you could e-mail me at
16th September 2014 1:38am
Johnny Brannigan
Hi Dave go to your e mails you will find my address there. Come back to me. Not always in the UK.
4th August 2015 2:08am
Peter Quinn
I forgot to mention that I also went to the Sinking Ship in Hillgate, Stockport. I believe that Hendrix also played there but I missed him. There was a crazy DJ there but I can’t remember his nickname. However, I do remember seeing the Long John Baldry Band there and I have a 45rpm white plain record sleeve signed by all the band including one ‘Reg Dwight’ who played the piano. I wonder what ever happened to him? I was a member of the Derbyshire Caving Club in those days and we met at the Royal Oak on Hillgate, a good Robinsons Pub! One of our members known to all as ‘Brian the Snail’ or just ‘Snail’ for short, ran a printing business in the building directly behind the pub. We used the basement to store all our caving equipment but a part of the basement was also rented as a practice space by the Purple Gang so we got to know them quite well. One night we were in the Red Bull a bit further up Hillgate and the lads from 10CC were in. I remember Kevin Godley playing on ... Read More
13th March 2014 8:05pm

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