My name is Helen and I am a shopaholic. I thrive on the frisson of pushing open the door at Liberty (or even Lidl), stalking my prey up and down the aisles, stroking the potential purchase longingly before it is tissue wrapped and I march out triumphant. Convinced either that I am definitely worth it or that I have snagged a sale of the century bargain.
And to add to this, I have the ability to shop in almost any category. From hardware shops to book stores to the garden centre, I am pretty sure I can find something to buy in pretty much any shop in any location and, if not on the high street, I also consider myself the Queen of eBay (life-sized brass deer anyone?).
Now this boat business opens up a whole new genre of potential purchases. I will hold my hand up to already having the breton sweater and boating shoes side of things well and truly nailed, but the interior of the ship is a whole other proposition. I can definitely do vintage. But can I do vintage boat fixtures and fittings?
Turns out Trinity Marine (http://www.trinitymarine.co.uk/) is the place to go for the architectural antiques of the water. A little spendy, as fully cleaned up salvaged goodies are wont to be, but good for ideas and terminology nonetheless.
Initially I got a little distracted in my search…
Never knew you needed a jet fighter pilot seat in your living room now did you?
But I soon refocussed and hit upon an absolute gem. Below is a playing card showing one of the monitors – water cannons – on board Beta III.
They are no longer on the boat however you can still see the marks on the deck where they would have originally stood.
Well, turns out that at Trinity Marine they are still in stock…
They look just like a higher end photo and I imagine they would pretty much be the perfect size.
The downside? That is GBP 420 of water cannon you are looking at. Sigh. Maybe next time. Gives a whole other interpretation to the idea of pissing your money away!