Marine Specialties

"A Provincetown Landmark for over 50 years"

The family business

Marine Specialties has been a Provincetown landmark for 60 years. Often known simply as "the army-navy store," Marine Specialties is an eclectic treasure trove of salvage, surplus, slight IRs, closeouts, overruns, misprints, mistakes, spare parts, odd lots, cast-offs, and new and nearly-new items. Over time it's grown to be the kind of jumbled, inclusive, and eccentric "army-navy" store Provincetown deserves.

Many people young and old call this their favorite shop. History started in 1961 when Bob and Elizabeth Patrick started a retail mail order business with a small hand illustrated catalog. Located in an old fish net repair building since 1963 Marine Specialties evolved into an eclectic Army Navy store during the Hippy days if the 1960's. The Patrick's have traveled the world hunting down the unusual and unique. Since 1970 they have supplied other stores worldwide, although predominantly in the US and Japan. Three generations now work in this long established family business. Open Daily in season.

For two centuries we have been in business in Provincetown. We aim to undertake businesses that add to the economic and social sustainability of Provincetown and Cape Cod.

The landmark Marine Specialties store providing one of the most unique shopping destinations in the world uniquely catering to Provincetown and the world. A destination for all with something for everyone. In a world of chain stores and lack of uniqueness we are an anchor store helping to keep Provincetown a unique place.

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