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The Cruel Sea - Film Showing - This Thursday!

Thursday 3rd December 1830 for 1845 start.

Arthur Beale’s second film showing will be The Cruel Sea, the 1953 British war film based on the novel by Nicholas Monsarrat. Entrance is normally £5.00 but you can be sneaky and get in free by one of the following crafty methods A) Wear a duffle coat. It will be FREE entrance to anyone wearing a duffle coat! B) Buy one of our top quality Arthur Beale enamel mugs. Anyone weilding an Arthur Beale mug will get in FREE.They cost £12.50 each or...

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Look what we've just found!

Downstairs at Arthur Beale we have been having a bit of a clear up. We are trying to make The Blobby Room more presentable to customers. The Blobby Room is self explanatory in that it is the room where blobby things live. In particular paint, mastics, adhesives, lamp oil, and that kind of blobby stuff. There is some product creep but generally if its blobby its in the blobby room. Who needs location barcodes when you have a system like that! Behind a board and some old shelves we...

Emsworth Slipper Sailing Club

Gerry came in with a copy of the 75th Anniversary Booklet published in 1996 of the Emsworth Slipper Sailing Club. It was given to him by a club member. I could be wrong but I think the club was the inspiration for the Art of Coarse Sailing one of the funniest books about sailing "A Coarse Sailor is someone who in a crisis forgets nautical language and shouts 'For God's sake,'turn left', while Coarse Sailing is not mucking around in boats but boating around in muck." I digress, on...

Royal Institute of Navigation at Arthur Beale

Arthur Beale recently had a visit from the Royal Institute of Navigation. They found their way to our shop which was a good start!

I didn't know much about their organisation until I met Roger McKinlay at an event at the Little Ship Club. We got chatting and he told me about the organisation. It is a learned society but is not just a group of boffins, their membership covers professional experts plus keen amateurs and people who are just plain interested in navigation. Not...

Time Out Love London Awards Voting now finished

Arthur Beale has made it through to the final voting stage for this prestigious award. The final voting has now finished so now we have to wait until 17th November to find out how we have done. We have already done pretty well by making to the finals and we were up against a lot of powerful competition as Covent Garden is bursting with excellent shops. Whether we win or not, thanks for your votes! Hope to see you soon.

Fantastic New Display

I've been busy working on a "secret project" so Jason and Alex decided to reorganise the upstairs showroom. I think it looks amazing so it was definately for the best that I was left out of the project. They have got all our winter clothes out on display. If you are feeling a bit nippy come along and treat yourself to a nice new Norwegian Jumper!

Coming Soon!

Yippee they are finished and on their way to our shop. We have commissioned three essential pieces of boat enamelware based on items used by the Polar Explorers of the past. My absolute favourite is the deep bowl with upright sides.

It is perfect onboard for almost everything - from eating a large stew before the gale sets in to morning cereals and hearty plum duffs. Nothing spills, they stack away neatly and they look great too. To compliment the bowl we have a...

Wire Rope Terminations Talk went with a bang!

We had a small but select gathering in the wonderful Arthur Beale basement for a talk about wire ropes and their various terminations. We went through the different wire materials and constructions then demonstarted the hydraulic press for making ferrule secured eyes. After that we used the roll swaging machine to secure an M8 threaded stud to the end of a 5 mm stainless wire. We then moved onto a hands-on demonstration of Nicopress tools and finished by making a 2 mm stainless...

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