"Countercurrent" - An Exhibition by Staff of BA Jewellery Design at Central Saint Martins

Well why not! We had a wonderful exhibition of marine paintings by Martyn Mackrill and it was a great success so when we were approached about a collaboration with Central Saint Martins for an exhibition of jewellery inspired by our historic shop and all the nautical gear that we stock we thought let's see what happens. Over the past few months we have taken small groups of jewellery lecturers into the basement and right up to the top floor, we opened old drawers full of printing blocks, explained the different types of ropes, let them handle our beautiful bronze fittings and sent them off...
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Man Overboard Safety Device and Impressive Search Light all in one product!

There is nothing quite like using a product to test it thoroughly. We like to play with the products whenever we get a good opportunity. I recently took part in the Scottish Islands Peak Race and it was the perfect opportunity to put some gear through its paces. Amongst the kit I took were Guy Cotton Boots, Devold Merinos, Lenser P5.2 Hand Torch, Petzl Tactkka Headtorch, Exped Dry Bags and the Ortlieb Duffle Bag. Most of these items have been rigorously tested before but there was one new toy...
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Come and watch an East Coast Feature Film Tonight (Thursday 9th)!

This film was highly recommended by Marc who has sneakily ended up being unable to attend the showing. Sadly, if you don't like the film, you'll have no one to throw your tomatoes at in the traditional manner. Don't worry though, I have watched it just in case there were any really dodgy bits and I actually enjoyed it. There are a few cheesy scenes but you soon relax into the story. Pin Mill looks just the same and there are some excellent sailing shots. The maintenance work on the old boat isn...
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Relax with us at the Beale Park Boat Show 3rd - 5th June

The Beale Park Boat Show is the antedote to the Scottish Islands Peaks Race. There will be no running, just strolling, mooching or ambling about. I'm even going to take a fold up chair! Tomorrow I'll go to Decathlon and buy a really naff tent with a porch and a stand up bedroom area and I'll get a pinic table too. It will be the kind of tent that I'd rather not be seen dead in but I'm going to chill out eating nice food and supping beers in the evenings. I'll be so laid back that I'll be...
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Scottish Islands Peaks Race

The Scottish Islands Peaks Race starts this Friday at noon. I entered my yacht Sumara in 2012 and came outstandingly last. We were so late the officials had gone home and we had to clock in to a surprised harbour master. Nevertheless we did finish and a lot of the fleet had to retire so we were pretty pleased with ourselves. This time I am entering with my friend John on his Twister called Brimble. Each yacht has a team of five and we have a cunning plan! Our revolutionary idea which we didn't...
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The Tom Bowling Lamp?

In our Arthur Beale archive we have a few old Beale catalogues. Actually we still have the printing blocks! Many of the products in this 1959 catalogue are still stocked. We still sell this lovely and very practical lamp but nowadays we just call it a Globe Lamp. I was intrigued by the Tom Bowling reference so I did a bit of research. I discovered that this lamp was the very first product made by the car parts giant Lucas! It was made in a factory called The Tom Bowling Lamp Works and patented...
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The Sea Chart by John Blake

Wednesday 4th May 1845. Entrance Free! We have a great talk coming up this Wednesday 4th May! I find sea charts completely fascinating and so I am really looking forward this talk. John Blake served in the Royal Navy and in the Reserve for nearly 16 years as an executive and navigating officer, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander. During his naval time he served extensively in sea-going ships and qualified as a navy underwater diver and a naval air defence specialist. On leaving the...
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