About Nauticalia


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 ten 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 Activities

From our head office, next to Shepperton Lock, we offer the following services to Thames boaters:

~ Lifting, cleaning, and antifouling
~ Moorings
~ Trailboat storage
~ Hardstanding boatyard
~ Self-service slipway
Calor Gas
Shepperton-Weybridge Ferry

For more information and rates, please visit our Thames Boatyard Services page.

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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. 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

Weekend Sales Assistant – Liverpool Store
Permanent – Salary dependant on age and experience

We are seeking a sales assistant to work up to 8 hours per week on Saturdays and/or Sundays in our busy Albert Dock store. Ideally you will have previous retail experience, but more important is the willingness to get stuck in to a variety of tasks and learn new skills. Applicants must be smart and presentable, demonstrate good communication skills, and be polite and confident when dealing with customers.

Please apply with CV including past experience to Becky Grainge by e-mail to liverpool@nauticalia.com or by post to Nauticalia Ltd, Unit 6, Britannia Pavilion, Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4AD.


Assistant Store Manager – Shepperton
Full-time – £16k - £17k dependent on experience
We are seeking to recruit an Assistant Manager for our head office-based store next to Shepperton Lock, where we run not only a large nautical gift and clothing shop, but also a boatyard and a ferry service between Shepperton and Weybridge. 

We are looking for someone with proven retail or customer service experience, motivation and commitment, able to work on a flexible rota to include weekends. The ideal candidate will be smart and well-spoken with excellent communication skills, and the willingness to get stuck in to a variety of tasks and learn new skills.

Some computer knowledge (Excel, Word, Outlook) and visual merchandising experience would also be desirable. This role includes occasional off-site work at other stores and exhibitions and driving company vehicles (including the Ferry! Don’t worry – training will be given).
We encourage applications from those who live (or plan to live) close to where they will work. Please apply with CV including past experience to David Allen by email to david.allen@nauticalia.com or by post to Nauticalia Ltd, Ferry Lane, Shepperton-on-Thames, Middlesex, TW17 9LQ.


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Residential 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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