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Old 05-05-2011, 12:34   #1
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A 'What' ? A Chandlery ?

when i was putting my boat in last week i was waiting for the caulk around my centerboard trunk to drive so i walked into the marina to look around. i asked one of the guys working on a boat if they had chandlery and he said to ask the guy who runs the boatyard/shop etc. when i walked in and asked if they carried chandlery once again, he gave me a blank stare, so i said, chandlery.. boating items, etc.. he replied with yeah we have boating stuff but no chandler-whatever you called it. needless to say i wont be going there for any of my needs..
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Old 05-05-2011, 12:47   #2
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Re: what-lerie?

Maybe he no speaky English.
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Old 05-05-2011, 13:03   #3
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oh he spokey english alright..
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Re: A 'What' ? A Chandlery ?

When you had asked your question to the guy in the boat yard you made it sound as if it were a thing. It is a place, that may have been why he had the blank stare.

A quick search on the internet brought this up.

Rising out of historical necessity, a chandlery was a store that sold nautical parts, gear, and other commodities to sea-bound vessels. The chandlery came into prominence in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, when ships were the preferred method of transportation for the lucrative industries of cargo shipping, fishing, and whaling among other areas. The chandlery in its simplest form acted as a storeroom for hoarding supplies of wax and tallow candles, soaps, oils, paints, ropes, as well as other things that sea-bound sailors would need to aid them in their journeys.
Mostly around the eighteenth century, owners set up their chandlery along wharves, which made their business mostly about providing lighting on board the ships that passed the wharf. As business expanded due to success in the industries that required maritime transit, the chandlery was able to increase its assortment of inventory and began offering other essential supplies for sea-going vessels.



What is a Chandlery?


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Old 05-05-2011, 14:35   #5
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Re: A 'What' ? A Chandlery ?

In Newfoundland they call any place by the water where you keep stuff a "store" So, if someone says he is going to the 'store', he is just going to his shed where his line and nets and such are.

It is a 'store' in the vein of "Where do you store your stuff?" "Why in the store of course."

If you wanted to go to the 'store', as in "chandlery" or where to buy things, you go to Mercers or Lewisport Marine as that is it for the entire island. And if you want a quarta of milk or a loaf of bred you go to "Ryans" or perhaps "Ryans Store" which, in the outports could be their garage and the Post Office.
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