The start of ship chandlers
By the 18th century most commercial chandlers dealt in candles and soap, although even then many were becoming general dealers. As these were the dealers that provided ships’ stores, chandlery came to refer to a shop selling nautical items for ships and boats, although for a time they were called ship-chandleries to distinguish them. Americans used the term chandlery for these ship-chandleries, but tended to prefer the term chandler’s shop. Both terms are still in use. The job function and title, chandler, still exists as someone who works in the chandlery business or manages a chandler’s shop.