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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. The national reservations number cannot do this for you (if the hotel line is busy and bounces to the national reservations call back at a time when the hotel desk clerks are not busy with checkouts). 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. The USCG cannot provide tour details for security reasons until shortly before the event. There are several spots for lunch on Thursday that are closely grouped on the FL Institute of Oceanography campus. Located next door to the Coast Guard facility is the Florida Institute of Oceanography. The Institute cannot say until closer to the conference time if their research vessels will also be available to our group as part of the 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 have 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.

Saturday Evening Dinner

The Saturday evening banquet meal choices are described below to save room on the registration form.

If you have special dietary restrictions please detail them when registering with the office so we can do our best to accommodate your needs as all food is required to be ordered well before our arrival in FL.

Chicken En-Croute

  • Chicken Filled with Spinach, Boursin Cheese and Exotic Mushrooms wrapped in Phyllo
  • Seasonal Vegetables, Lemon Thyme Beurre Blanc

Fire-grilled Beef tenderloin

  • Yukon mashed potatoes, pearl onions, crimini, truffle jus

Herb-crusted Salmon

  • Potato-Leek Compote

Dinners include Salad, Chef Selection of Vegetables, Rolls and Butter, Water, Iced Tea, Freshly Brewed Starbucks Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee, A Selection of Herbal Teas, and Dessert