The pub sign of the Hoy and Helmet has changed several times over the years.
A Hoy was a small sloop rigged coasting ship or heavy barge used for freight. The word comes from the Middle Dutch hoey. English hoys were usually single masted very like the pictures on the earlier pub signs at the Hoy and Helmet. Hoys would carry cargo or passengers to larger ships anchored in the Thames. ( details from Wikipedia )
There are older pictures of The Hoy pub but the pub signs are not very clear. This one perhaps from the 1930s appears to be a brewer’s sign.
This picture is not as clear as the others, but the sign has been changed. It is unknown when this happened, can you help?
The latest Hoy and Helmet Sign, a rather modern black and cream design in which the boat looks nothing like the original hoy.
Following the renovations in December 2016 The Hoy and Helmet now has a new sign, which depicts a boat much more like the boat The Hoy and Helmet was named after.