About Nauticalia

Background

Nauticalia began in 1974, as a floating marine antiques shop in a converted rubbish barge on the River Thames at Shepperton. Lynn Lewis, an ex-BBC television reporter, and his wife Val, also a journalist, were the founders.

As the business developed, it became obvious that there were not enough antiques to satisfy demand, especially for the large items of nautical décor that so enthralled their customers. An advert in the local paper, for a 19th century diver's helmet, brought six buyers the next day - but there was only one for sale! To solve the problem, Lynn commissioned a batch of ten detailed replicas from a specialist metal works, and thus began Nauticalia's famous range of reproduction boating and shipping memorabilia.

Nauticalia first shop on the River Thames at Shepperton
Nauticalia first shop on the River Thames at Shepperton

Ship's telegraphs, binnacles, bells, bosun's whistles, brass information signs and anchor lamps soon followed the same course, and necessitated a move to larger premises ashore. Not, however, before Lynn had managed to lose several tools over the side of the barge whilst making repairs, and invented one of the company's best-known products, the Sea Searcher recovery magnet, to get them back. Today the powerful magnet, which has been in continuous production ever since, is used by emergency services, boat owners and even sewage system workers worldwide. Over half a million have been sold!

Forty years later, the range has developed from using only the classic marine materials of teak, brass, hemp and cork to include everything from anchor-shaped doorknockers to zoom-focus binoculars. Lynn's principle was "If it traditionally comes from a ship, which generally means it's been built to last, let's reproduce it."

Now, with Lynn's son-in-law Chris Murdoch at the helm, Nauticalia continues to mix traditional nautical replicas with modern boating accessories in a huge range that celebrates Britain's maritime heritage - all under the umbrella of "Ships & Sea... Time & Tide... Wind & Weather... Stars & Skies".

In the UK, Nauticalia have nine own-brand shops and literally hundreds of stockists - everywhere from maritime museums to seaside "bucket-and-spade" shops - who buy from the wholesaling part of the company.

Exports, spreading British maritime heritage to the world, account for about a quarter of all sales, and Nauticalia was a proud recipient of the Queen's Award for Exports in 1998.

 

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Other Companies

Our sister company, Lindon Lewis Marine, is run by Lynn and Val's son Lindon. Operating from two Thames locations in Shepperton, they offer:

  • New boat sales and secondhand brokerage
  • Moorings and on-land storage
  • Slipping and repair facilities
  • Inboard and outboard engine sales and servicing
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Work for Nauticalia

We have vacancies in the positions listed below. We encourage applications from those who live (or plan to live) close to where they will work. Applicants must be NON-SMOKERS. Please submit a CV including past experience to Chris Murdoch at Nauticalia Ltd, Ferry Lane, Shepperton-on-Thames, Middlesex, TW17 9LQ, or see further instructions below.

e-mail: careers@nauticalia.com

Tel: 01932 244396 ~ Fax: 01932 241679

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Part-Time Sales Assistant required at our St.Katharine Docks store
(Permanent position)

The ideal candidate must be able to work within a small team and have experience within a retail or customer facing role (training will also be given). You will be required to work on a flexible rota, covering weekends.


You will also need:
~ Good organisational skills

~ Excellent communication skills

~ High energy and a passion for retail

Salary dependant on experience.

Non-smokers apply with CV and a covering letter detailing why you are suitable for the role to: stkatharines@nauticalia.com or hand in your CV/letter into our St katharine's Store store at: Ivory House, St Katharine Docks, London, E1W 1AT.

Tel: 020 7481 2387. We are open Monday-Sunday 10am-6pm.
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Residential Houseboat Moorings on the Thames at Shepperton

Nauticalia own and operate a small number of residential moorings available to let on the River Thames in a countryside location at Shepperton. All enquiries: James Mitchell on 01932 235585, email: james.mitchell@nauticalia.com 

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