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Established One Hundred and Sixty Five Years........

Established One Hundred and Sixty Five Years........
.....well we were when Samuel Pepys wrote: "Great fears of the Sickenesses here in the City, it being said that two or three houses are already shut up. God preserve us all." "But now, how few people I see, and those walking like people that have taken leave of the world...." In those days Arthur Beale was called John Buckingham. Graces Guide to British Industry has Arthur Beale established around 1500 so we were a very well established ropemaker when the Great Plague struck London. The company...

Interesting Thames Tides

Interesting Thames Tides
There wasn't much water in the river yesterday despite it being well past the time for low tide. It seems to be 2.3 m below predicted which sounds like a lot below to me. These strong SW winds must be holding it back. However, today it looks like it will surge up judging by the surge forecast. As it is a spring tide today with 7.4 m predicted, adding a 1 m of surge would definately slop over the top. Luckily the Thames Barrier will swing into action and close the river most of the day. I hope...
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National Historic Ships UK Photo Competition 2019

National Historic Ships UK Photo Competition 2019
The results were annouced on Tuesday 26th November at the Queens House in Greenwich. Arthur Beale sponsors one of the categories. We were fed excellent canapes and bubbling wine while I stood and had a chat with Graeme Phanco from Glasgow who was one of the entrants. We were then marched off through the historic building to the awards ceremony. And the winners were: Category A OUR HISTORIC VESSELS "Ena - Heroine of Dunkirk, saved 100 lives, now rotting in the mud on the Hoo peninsula, by David...

Very Special Sextant Deal - save £150.00!

Very Special Sextant Deal - save £150.00!
Chart plotters are brilliant things. They are mind bogglingly clever, but they do make some of us (me) rather lazy. It's all too easy to forget to mark up your paper chart or to forget to lay off the tides and just steer along the purple road. They have some drawbacks too. The data is not reliable everywhere, try using one in East Greenland and you will have a bit of a shock. The constant zooming in and out can confuse your timings, rocks will approach mighty fast or disappear altogether if you...

The British Yachting Awards 2018 winners announced - CrewWatcher Wins!

The British Yachting Awards 2018 winners announced - CrewWatcher Wins!
The winning product in the Equipment Innovation of the Year was the Weems and Path CrewWatcher Beacon. Arthur Beale are proud to be the main London Stockists of this amazing product. The CrewWatcher beacons are activated either by proximity or by water activation. They can not only be used as super-fast MOB beacons but can also serve as a burglar alarm for your dinghy tied behind your yacht. They can work as bilge water alarms too and if you own a dog who runs off after rabbits then this could...
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Scandinavian Christmas Market - Albion Street, Rotherhithe

Scandinavian Christmas Market - Albion Street, Rotherhithe
It's nice and cold and there is a bit of drizzle in the air so it must be time for the Scandi Market! You won't get cold there because you can warm up with mulled wine and hot chocolate and there are so many people that you can huddle like penquins or musk oxen. However, if you still feel a bit nippy then call in at the Arthur Beale stand for a spendid new Norwegian classic pullover or set of merino expedition quality merinos. It is a great atmosphere and it is the perfect way to get a bit of...
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The Beale Park Boat and Outdoor Show opens this Friday 1st June!

The Beale Park Boat and Outdoor Show opens this Friday 1st June!
They might have ditched the London Boat Show but Beale Park lives on! Arthur Beale will be there as usual soaking up the relaxing atmosphere. Why not come along? You can visit for the day on Friday, Saturday or Sunday or get a spot in the camping field and stay overnight for a really easy going weekend. There will be lots of small varnished wooden boats on display, often with their proud builders alongside. Most would be happy to discuss a special commission to realize your dream boat! If you...
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Like to join the team at Arthur Beale?

Like to join the team at Arthur Beale?
We are looking for someone who has good knowledge of chandlery products either through working in the industry or from their own sailing or boating experience. It is a full-time job advising and serving customers with some weekend rota working. A full Job Description can be downloaded from the Jobs section of this website. If you are interested in applying, please send your CV with a covering letter to jobs@arthurbeale.co.uk

New CrewWatcher - The Fastest Way to Recover Crew Overboard

New CrewWatcher - The Fastest Way to Recover Crew Overboard
Arthur Beale are proud to announce that we are the London Stockist of CrewWatcher and its not just for dogs! The CrewWatcher is a multi award winning device which provides an instant alarm to your smart phone or tablet should the supplied beacon go outside the set range. As the alarm is activated by either distance or water it can also be used as a bilge water detector, to ensure a towed dinghy doesn't come adrift or just tied to your dogs collar so you can find her when she runs away. • System...
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