Nautical Bygones

Specialists in Maritime Antiques & Collectables

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So much of the world's history has been based around nautical travel and exploration that the number of nautical antiques and collectables is as limitless as the sea itself.

Nautical Bygones is a family firm run by Brian and Maggie Place. Brian was introduced to the sea by his parents when just a child. They would annually charter a boat from Dartmouth in Devon, England for many happy summer holidays on the South Coast. It was there that Brian gained a love for the sea which he never lost.

As a teenager Brian took up Scuba Diving and after qualifying spent many years diving and discovering the seas around the UK and beyond. Brian then took up skydiving and helped form the “Aces High Freefall Display Team” and whilst performing Skydiving displays on an invited trip to Malta formed a new business there which included various forms of water-sports including Paracending, Waterskiing, Speedboat Trips and Windsurfing.

On returning to the UK Brian & Maggie together with their children bought there first boat an Albin Viggen and from their bases in Preston and Anglesey sailed regularly in the Irish Sea. The collecting bug had started and soon they had their home filled with many maritime collectables and curios. Maggie ended up being made redundant from her retail role and the idea of Nautical Bygones was born.

Over the last few years Nautical Bygones have supplied interesting Maritime objects to Museums, Film & TV studios, Hotels, Restaurants and Pubs and collectors all over the world. Clients include Warner Bros. Universal Studios, Malta Maritime Museum, Ingear, Venetian Hotels, Office blocks in Dallas, Villas in France Restaurants in Spain to name just few. We believe our product range will appreciate in value over the coming years as supplies of quality items continue to diminish.

During the last few years, thousands of fine marine antiques have been found, bought, restored and sold to avid collectors, boat owners and folks who just want the feel of the sea in their home or office.

Thank you for visiting our site, we hope you will browse our other pages and get a feel for our stock. Individual items are changing on a daily basis, however the photographs represent typical stock lines that we carry. Please contact us if you have a specific interest - if we don't have what you are looking for, we are more than happy to hunt down that elusive item. We have the time if you have the patience.

Browsing through Nautical Bygones can be a voyage through maritime history or simply a casual search for things related to the sea. Take your time to enjoy some of the finest nautical items available.

Our stock includes antique navigational instruments and ship's lanterns, clocks, barometers, wheels, telegraphs, binnacles, telescopes, both vintage and antique and many other nautical decorative items.

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  • Ashton under Lyne Viewing by appointment only

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The magnetic compass was first invented as a device for divinationas early as the Chinese Han Dynasty (since c. 206 BC), and later adopted for navigation by the Song Dynasty Chinese during the 11th century. The first usage of a compass recorded in Western Europe and the Islamic world occurred around 1190.

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The two main factors to be determined by the navigator are the plotting of a course between two known points and the ship's position at any time.

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Collecting Maritime and Nautical Antiques and Curios is and should be a fun hobby. Pieces in a collection all have a story to tell, not only about their construction and use but also on their aquisition.

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The "Log" was first described as being a piece of shaped wood with a weight attached at one end in order that it should float upright in the water. The log was attached by three short pieces of rope to the so-called "log line" and the log was cast astern of the vessel. The log line was knotted at regular intervals and the number of knots played out during a period of half a minute, again timed by a log glass, was counted. This operation provides the origin of the expression for describing the speed of a ship in "knots".

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