Things I Miss
I was trolling the internet the other night & discovered that after 400 years (yes 400, its not a typo) the London yacht chandler – Arthur Beale Ltd now has a website, a bit lacking in features but I’m sure it will improve. http://www.arthurbeale.co.uk/
What did hit me was a photo of their shop window (above) & it reminded me of those wonderful windows that used to grace the front of our own Fosters in the city. Now the window contents might not have changed that often but I always looked & when I was a young lad working in the CBD it was a lunch time haunt. Then later when traveling overseas on business I used to hunt out the local yacht chandler outlets & I never found one that came close to Fosters for that total ‘salty’ offering. The crap I bought & in those days I didn’t even own a boat 🙂
I organised a few CYA evenings at Fosters (photos below) which included a guided tour of the building & stock rooms – totally amazing & so glad we did it as thats now gone. But time moves on & the new Westhaven store still stocks the same ‘stuff’.
A personal tale from Merv Stockley. pp: Don Ross on Don’s memories of Fosters. (added 21/09/2014
`Things I Miss’ really struck a cord with Don when you posted it the other day. He remembers Fosters from back in his youth and early yachting days. Don did his Trade at Stewart and Longbottom as a coppersmith and as the `boy’ was a regular at Fosters picking up supplies for
the tradesmen he worked with. Don relates what a wonderful place Fosters was in those days. Depending what you were after you could be taken upstairs to search for it or down into the basement. At that time Don owned a small keeler named `Elvine’ which he sailed around the Gulf. He particularly remembered the pre-WW2 foreman at Fosters, Hector Porter. Don remembers how good Hector was to him whenever he personally needed some fitting for his marine exploits. Unfortunately Hector went off to the War and never came back.
Your post got Don digging around in his special old memories collection and he came up with an Auckland Star newspaper cutting from the 8th August 1942 which announced Hector had been `killed in action’.
I searched in papers past and found this page of the paper.
Auckland Star, Volume LXXIII, Issue 186, 8 August 1942, Page 6.
Thanks to Woodies for your references to paper past. I have learned to search there.
Hopefully Don’s memories are of interest to some of you members. Maybe this should be added to the post `Whats Happening at Fosters’ too.
Thanks again Alan for your forum. It gives Don something new to think about each day as he remembers many of the boats you post.
Merv Stockley. pp: Don Ross.