The Aims and Goals of the Nautical Research Guild 

Founded in 1948, the Nautical Research Guild is an IRS 501(c)(3) approved nonprofit educational organization with an international membership of historians, ship model makers, artists and laypersons with a common interest in the history, beauty and technical sophistication of ships and their models. Our central mission is to provide support for our members who build historically accurate ship models, while also satisfying the interests of our maritime historians, scholars, and students. 

 Model of the USS Maine - Dan Pariser

NRG Conference 2010 - Annapolis, MD

As our motto says, we are dedicated to "Advancing Ship Modeling Through Research" To meet this goal the Guild has published, for more than 50 years, the Nautical Research Journal, a quarterly magazine whose articles span the broad spectrum of topics in the linked disciplines of nautical research and ship model building. The Journal is generally considered to be the best of its kind in the world at balancing these two subjects in one publication. We are proud to have been able to provide a platform for original academic articles from university professors and museum curators, as well as how-to advice from world renowned ship model builders. Under our current Board of Directors and Editorial Staff we are confident that we will continue to publish articles and shop notes of the same stellar quality.  

Model of the Sloop Pegasus - Greg Herbert

To further its educational aims, the Guild presents a one-day symposium twice a year where experienced model builders demonstrate and illustrate their solutions to some of the many technical challenges that arise in building a quality ship model. At our annual Conferences the invited speakers present discussions on topics of both historical and technical interest. Guild members can benefit from several additional services, including a Technical Assistance Network to answer model building questions, and a networking service that can introduce members to other members and modeling clubs in their area. 

We look forward to many more years of service to the ship modeling and maritime communities, and we will constantly strive to provide the best in modern scholarship and quality advice for those who wish to join us in "Advancing Ship Modeling Through Research."  


The Nautical Research Guild Board of Directors and Appointed Officers