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

Warehouse Assistant (Sunbury) – Full Time
Up to £7.20/hr depending on age and experience
We are seeking an Assistant for our Sunbury Cross warehouse. It’s a varied role, including quality checking products as they arrive, packing and despatching customer orders, delivering goods to our shops and warehouses, engraving and personalising products, and occasional off-site and weekend work including work at exhibitions.
Previous warehouse experience is an advantage, but we’re keen to hear from people with a confident, positive outlook, the ability to learn quickly, and willingness to get stuck in wherever required.
We welcome applications from those who live close to where they will work. Please apply with CV to: Tony Trumper at Nauticalia, 25 Hanworth Road, Sunbury, TW16 5DA. E-mail: tony.trumper@nauticalia.com.

Part-Time Sales Assistant Required at our Port Solent store
Salary dependent on experience.

Required to work a minimum 16 hours a week on a flexible rota to include weekends.

The successful applicant will be or have:

~ Hard-working and quick learning
~ Reliable and punctual
~ Smart and Well Spoken
~ An Excellent Communicator
~ The Ability to Self Motivate
~ Time Management Skills
~ Comfortable using Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
~ A High Attention to Detail

Previous customer service experience is highly preferable as is a common-sense, flexible approach to work. Full Training will be provided.

To apply please send a CV and Covering Letter to: Chrissy.Rogers@nauticalia.com

Or Post a CV and Covering letter to:
Chrissy Rogers
Nauticalia Ltd, The Trading Post,
Port Solent, Portsmouth

Interviews to be carried out weeks commencing 9th May and 16th May 2016.
Due to the expected high volume of applicants we will be unable to reply to every candidate.


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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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