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

Buying Department Team Member (Full-Time)

£18-£20k depending on experience


Do you have an eye for a good product?

We have a new vacancy within our small Buying team that will very much shape itself around the successful candidate. You must have strong admin skills but also creative flair. You will be involved in helping to develop and source products for our wholesale and retail businesses and then process them though our systems - placing purchase orders, allocating stock and monitoring sales.

Experience in a Purchasing/Buying/Merchandising department would be useful. We use Excel heavily, so you must have experience in this area as well as being a good communicator, both on the phone and using email.

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


Sales Assistant – Shepperton Store (Full-Time)
Salary £13,000–£15,000 dependent on experience


Our flagship store by the River Thames at Shepperton has a vacancy for a full-time sales assistant who would be required to work 40 hours per week on a flexible rota including some weekends.


Main duties will include serving customers, general administration, and care of our lovely maritime gift shop in its riverside location.


Retail experience is not necessary; however excellent customer service skills and a confident telephone manner are essential, along with a full driving licence, and preferably to have access to their own vehicle.


Non-smokers only, apply in-store at Shepperton (during opening hours - Mon-Sat 9am-5.30pm, Sun 10am-5.30pm) or email david.allen@nauticalia.com or telephone our Head Office on 01932 244396.


UK Trade Sales Executive (Full-Time)

From our head office in Shepperton, we wholesale our nautical gifts, souvenirs, and practical boating accessories to seaside gift shops, museums, chandleries, and mail order catalogues. 

We are seeking to recruit a bright, customer-focussed, sales executive to help us process these orders, deal with enquiries, and keep our customers happy. This position also includes new business development which will involve occasional work at exhibitions and events, as well as visiting customers. It would therefore suit someone who is presentable and well-spoken, with a confident telephone manner and has experience in a customer-facing role. Strong computer skills (Excel, Word, Outlook etc), and a full UK driving licence are also required. Language skills would be an advantage. 

We welcome applications from those who live close to where they will work. Non-smokers, please apply with CV to: Matt Cadle at Nauticalia, Ferry Lane, Shepperton, TW17 9LQ. E-mail: matt.cadle@nauticalia.com

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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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