Since 1979, China Sea has been outfitting sailing ships, attracting collectors of historical and unusual artifacts, adding authenticity to film and TV productions, and gaining recognition from national news media.
We started out selling from a storefront on Baltimore's Fells Point waterfront. Reporters from the New York Times, National Geographic Traveler and other media wrote about the piles of ships lights and mysterious deep-sea artifacts spilling out from musty walls. They wrote about the noisy parrots guarding the door, and about proprietor Stevens Bunker's legendary storytelling skills.
The front of the shop became a backdrop for several movies, and was photographed for the cover of the New York City telephone directory. It also graced the cover of a Chesapeake Bay map.
A TV pilot was filmed inside the shop. Even one of our small shop windows won a prize in a local newspaper's “best of contest”.
CHINA SEA evokes all that is mysterious about the sea and its history.
In 1999, China Sea moved to Maine, opening up shop in Portland's Old Port. Offshore Magazine, Lucky Magazine and Coastal Living all wrote about us.
Since 2009, China Sea has been working out of a barn/workshop in Gray, Maine. Here we have welcomed and will continue welcoming film crews, photographers, and writers. But most of all we welcome our customers old and new, whether you need inspiration, information or a sea-related treasure.
Visitors to our barn in Gray, Maine are welcome by appointment. Call 207 657-2117.