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Chincoteague, Virginia: Capt. Bob Payne's Sea Treasures (Closed)

Although Captain Mr. Bob Payne passed away in 2006, his eclectic store/junk collection lives on under new, similarly-spirited management.

On the east side of Ridge Rd, just north of Pony Swim Lane, and across the street from a giant Viking statue in a field.
Closed 2019

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Capt. Bob Payne's Sea Treasures

The Viking is no longer standing across the street. He is still there, but strapped to a cart as if he might be scheduled to leave soon.

[David Almasi, 08/23/2013]
Bob Payne's Sea Treasures

Still open! A cool little shop that is a one-of-a-kind place. Unusual sea treasures, gifts, semi-precious stones, seashells, and more! A must stop, now run by Captain Mr. Bob's friend Star Mondragon. Love this place!

[Ward Troetschel, 12/30/2012]

Captain Mr. Bob died in 2006, but his Sea Treasures attraction lives on.

Captain Mr. Bob.

Captain Mr. Bob Remembered

I was SO sad to hear that Captain Mr. Bob passed on! He was very friendly and seemed to truly enjoy the children that visited his shop to purchase treasures from the sea. He will be truly missed.

[Debb Berninger, 08/12/2006]

Captain Mr. Bob Payne passed away on Feb. 8, 2006 at age 63.

Junk near the beach.

Capt. Bob Payne's Sea Treasures

While touring Chincoteague Island on moped, we spotted Sea Treasures and mentally bookmarked it for a visit later. Outside are all manner of shells and other "sea treasures," including a gigantic encrusted anchor, while inside you can buy everything from an old seaman's shaving kit to parrotfish of various sizes expanded into shape, their glued-on googly eyes and sun bonnets adding a bit of visual flair. The floor of Sea Treasures is made of bricks given the Capt. Bob by his customers from all over the world. The store began life as a hot dog stand, the remnants of which still remain, but in true sea-shanty tradition it was expanded to its current dimensions bit by bit. It can only be described as cramped. Capt. Bob is very personable, and a trip to Sea Treasures includes the bonus of seeing the giant peg-legged Viking that stands guard from across the street.

[Marc Mickelson, 07/17/2003]

Aug. 2003 - According to tipster Mark: "It is very important to note that it is not simply 'Captain Bob' or 'Mr. Bob,' but 'Captain Mr. Bob.' You see, Captain Mr. Bob is a man that deserves all of his various designations. It is best to come when it is not too crowded, because the Captain Mr. can get a bit surly if he feels stressed."

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