If you enjoy building ship models that are historically accurate as well as beautiful, then The Nautical Research Guild is just right for you. 

The Guild is a non-profit educational organization whose mission is to provide support to our members in their efforts to raise the quality of their model shipcraft.

The Guild puts on ship modeling seminars, yearly conferences, and juried competitions. We publish books on ship modeling techniques as well as our world-renowned quarterly magazine, The Nautical Research Journal, whose pages are full of articles by master ship modelers who show you how they build those exquisite details on their models, and by maritime historians who show you what details to build.

All this, plus discounts on Guild products, admissions to maritime museums and attractions, and a host of other products and services for the model ship builder can be yours for our low membership fee.

Winter 2017 Nautical Research Journal

The Galley Washington Plans

The NRG now offers plans and monograph for the 1776 Continental Galley Washington! Designed by master modelmaker Jeff Staudt, this project includes ten sheets of plans and a step-by-step monograph.

A plank-on-frame model created primarily for a beginning-to-intermediate skill level, the Washington is a unique and beautiful subject. Learn more…

Ship Modeler's Shop Notes Volume I

Back in Print! The Original NRG
Ship Modeler’s Shop Notes!

By popular demand, the first volume of the NRG Ship Modeler’s Shop Notes is back in print!

The NRG published this timeless collection of articles, techniques, and tips in 1979, and it immediately became a classic reference for modelers everywhere. Highly recommended for both new and experienced builders – get your copy now.

Volume II is also available.

  Carving Blanks for MSW Course

MSW Carving Blanks

Learn how to carve beautiful scrollwork and ornamentation! The NRG is offering laser-cut, boxwood carving blanks for those participating in the Model Ship World forum’s Introduction to Carving Group.

Each blank includes crisply outlined emblems and scrollwork laser cut from beautiful, clear boxwood. The outlines provide the starting shapes for developing your relief carving skills. Learn more…

New Just in time for the Holidays!
NRG Nautical Jewelry

Ship’s Wheel Pendant

Beautiful pendant featuring a replica of a 19th-century ship's wheel! Silver-plated design is nickel-free. Brilliant Grade A rhinestones shine in a perfect circle around a larger center rhinestone. Gift boxed. Pair with matching Ship’ Wheel earrings!

Slider Charm Tall Ship Pendant

Set sail with this pendant of a romantic clipper ship crashing through the waves in full sail! Platinum plated design and chain.

Anchor Earrings

Beautiful anchor earrings with high-quality rhinestones add a bit of sparkle to your ears and let everyone know you're ready to set sail at a moment's notice! Silver-plated and nickel-free. Available in two back styles!

Starfish Earrings

Dainty starfish earrings give your ears a bit more sparkle thanks to Grade A quality rhinestones. Silver-plated and nickel-free.

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