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 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

Clothing & Accessories Buyer/Merchandiser
£23-25k Depending on experience

Pleasantly located by the Thames at Shepperton Lock, we are a family-run multi-channel retail business selling traditional nautical gifts, practical boating accessories, and outdoor clothing. We operate 10 UK shops, 20 unmanned concessions, a mail order catalogue and website, and two wholesale brands selling to other mail order businesses, gift shops and chandleries.

You will be involved in the sourcing, selecting, negotiating, and stock merchandising of an established, but growing range of clothing and gift products for our mail order catalogue and shops.

You will need to have a keen eye for a suitable product and experience in detailed forecasting to maximise sales whilst keeping a close eye on sell through and clearance. This position involves a high degree of interaction with suppliers to deliver the correct lines at the correct time, and working closely with our customer services department to assist customers with queries.

We sell classic, traditional clothing to a mature clientele rather than fast-moving high fashion, so an appreciation of this product area would be useful. Strong Excel skills vital. Full driving licence required.

We welcome applications from those who live close to where they will work. Please apply with CV to: Ross Morrell at Nauticalia, Ferry Lane, Shepperton, TW17 9LQ. E-mail: ross.morrell@nauticalia.com


Full-time Store Supervisor – Port Solent Store – Opening June 2015

Salary dependant on experience

We are seeking an experienced and entrepreneurial Store Supervisor to assist in the day-to-day running of our new store - pleasantly located within Port Solent Marina - opening in June 2015. Applicants should be smart with excellent communication skills. A hands-on, can-do approach is essential.

Previous retail experience in a similar role would be an advantage as well as a full clean driving licence with access to their own vehicle.

Please email your CV with a covering letter, detailing the vacancy you are applying for, to: stuart.thompson@nauticalia.com, or telephone our Portsmouth store on: 02392 861148.


Part-time Sales Assistants - Port Solent Store – coming soon!
Salary dependant on experience 

We require part-time sales assistants to work at our new store - pleasantly located within Port Solent - a minimum of 16 hours per week to include some weekends. Ideally you will have previous retail experience And must demonstrate good communication skills and be smart and presentable.

Please email your CV with a covering letter, detailing the vacancy you are applying for, to: stuart.thompson@nauticalia.com, or telephone our Portsmouth store on: 02392 861148.


Customer Service Manager (Full-Time)

Nauticalia produce some 3 million mail order catalogues each year, processing the resulting 50,000 orders through our in-house customer service centre. We are seeking a customer-focussed manager to run our small but very busy telephone, online, and mail order processing department, based at our offices by the Thames at Shepperton Lock.

Our customers expect and appreciate the high standard of service we offer, and they come back to us because they feel they are dealing with a company that cares. As line manager to our customer service team, you will ensure we maintain these standards and make sure the department covers the 6-7 day nature of our business as well as seasonal peaks such as Christmas. It’s a role that requires working closely with other departments, staff rota management, and dealing positively with customer queries.

It would therefore suit an excellent communicator who is well-spoken, with a polite and confident telephone manner, and who has solid experience in a customer services environment. Strong computer skills (Excel, Word, Outlook etc), and a full UK driving licence are also required.

We welcome applications from those who live close to where they will work. Please apply with CV to: Mark Wilby at Nauticalia, Ferry Lane, Shepperton, TW17 9LQ, or email:




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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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