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NRG Conference 2017 St. Petersburg, Florida
Thursday, October 26  —  Saturday, October 28

The 2017 Nautical Research Guild Conference will be held in beautiful downtown St. Petersburg, Florida at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel. We have arranged a special room rate of $145.00 per night. This room rate is extended to two days prior to the Conference and for two days after the close of the Conference. This hotel is across the street from the Salvador Dali Museum and is adjacent to the thriving downtown district. There are plenty of restaurants within just a few blocks of the hotel.

The hotel is also served by the free St. Petersburg Looper Trolley which makes continuous loops of the most popular areas of downtown St. Petersburg. Additionally, the trolley services other routes within the downtown area for which the fare is only 50 cents. There are plenty of activities during the days of the Conference for all of your travel companions.

Use this link to get the special NRG 2017 room rate: Hilton Bayfront Hotel Reservations

Important: if you reserve room days before or after the official conference dates of Wednesday, October 25 through Saturday, October 28 nights, you should book your entire stay by telephone at the number provided in the link above. Booking online through the link will not provide you with the special rate before or after the conference.

The United States Coast Guard, Sector St. Petersburg has graciously committed to providing tours of their water assets to our group. The Coast Guard facility is only a few blocks south of the hotel. They will make available to us tours of their shore facility and of their smaller patrol craft assigned to the Tampa Bay area. Located next door to the Coast Guard facility is the Florida Institute of Oceanography. We are making an effort to determine whether or not their research vessels will also be available to our group for tours.

We are very excited to announce that we have been able to receive early commitments from most of our presenters. The membership meeting is being moved to Friday afternoon to provide time for additional presentations on Saturday. This creates two full days of learning. We’ve received commitments from the following individuals to make presentations:


  1. Bill Maxwell will discuss construction of the Brodie Stove.
  2. Gus Agustin will discuss techniques of a miniaturist. Gus has also committed to bringing at least 20 of his models to St. Petersburg. This will give many of us an opportunity to see more of his work than what has been presented at prior Conferences. Gus has also agreed to conduct a round table session.
  3. David Antscherl will make a presentation on the research process. David has also agreed to conduct a round table session.
  4. Friday afternoon will be round table sessions. Currently, we will have a choice of eight to choose from. The membership meeting will be held at 5:00 p.m.


  1. Dr. William Murray from the University of South Florida will make a presentation regarding very large ancient Roman Warships.
  2. Thomas Procopio will make a presentation of American Victory, a type VC2-S-AP2 Victory Ship, which is currently home ported in Tampa.
  3. Clay Feldman will make a presentation regarding his discovery of the Hawaiian Fair American
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We still have a few time slots to fill, but we hope to do so in the very near future.