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  • August 25, 2021 1:14 PM | David Eddy

    The Nautical Research Guild is proud to offer the reprinting of The Seaman’s Speculum or Compleat School-Master by John Davis and edited by Merritt A. Edson, Jr.   This reprint is offered as a digital publication.

    The Guild published a limited edition of this 1711 treatise on late 17th and early 18th century rigging of British naval and merchant ships in 1985. The 1985 reprint was taken from a microfilm made by the Smithsonian Institute of the only known surviving copy. The book has since disappeared. Much of the information is presented in tabular format. 

    Also included are The Rules of Gunnery, which details the guns of that era, their requirements for powder and shot and the techniques of loading and firing. As part of The Rules, The Duty of the Clerk, Pilot, Mate, Surgeon and Seamen of a Ship, according to Custom lists the duties of the various crew members, both on board and at the end of the voyage.

    Click here to learn more or purchase your copy of the Seaman's Speculum.

  • August 24, 2021 1:10 PM | David Eddy

    The Nautical Research Guild is excited to announce that gift cards for the NRG store are now available.  Get your holiday shopping going early!

    Nautical Research Guild gift cards are an easy way to give the perfect gift. The recipient of your gift can use their gift card anytime on NRG store to purchase plans, books, Journal back issues and more.  Gift cards can not be used for memberships, renewals, or apparel. 

    Click here to learn more or purchase a gift card.

  • August 18, 2021 8:50 AM | David Eddy

    The Autumn 2021 edition of the Nautical Research Journal is now available!    

    Digital subscribers can access the digital edition here. Print subscribers will be receiving their copies by mail soon!


    • Thoughts on ship decoration by Richard Simon
    • Capturing the colors by Chuck Bauer
    • The new dimension of paper models by Karol Budniak
    • Repairing a 40-gun prisoner-of-war bone model, Part 1 by Dan Pariser
    • Keelboats and their ilk by David Purdy
    • Fabrication of the galley Washington of 1776, Part 1 by Gilbert McArdle
    • Neptunia No. 302

    Columns and Editorials

  • August 04, 2021 2:39 PM | David Eddy

    The Ship Modeler's Ten Step Program or How to Transform Your Kit Model from Out of the Box to Out of this World

    Registration for this event has closed.

    You have built a few ship models “out of the box” but you are considering taking the next step towards kit-bashing.  The idea is exciting but you have no idea where to start.  This presentation takes you through the process of transforming your kit build into a one-of-a-kind, historically correct ship model.  From research to technique to bringing your model to life, NRG Chairman Toni Levine will show you how to make your model stand out from the crowd.  

    To illustrate the Ten Steps, the presentation concludes with do’s and don’ts using her first kit model, Mantua’s Peregrine Galley, as a teaching aid.


    • Date: Saturday, August 21, 2021 at 10:00am Central
    • Location: Online, attend using your computer or tablet.
    • Registration: Advance registration required.
    • Cost: Free for current NRG members, $10 for non-members
    Click here to learn more!  

  • June 04, 2021 10:51 AM | David Eddy

    The Summer 2021 edition of the Nautical Research Journal is now available!  

    Digital subscribers can access the digital edition here. Print subscribers will be receiving their copies by mail soon!


    • Modeling Saint Columba’s currach by James M. Norton
    • Use of the bergantin in the sixteenth-century exploration of the New World by Steve Harris
    • Imperial Japanese Navy Super Type A cruiser Zao: Building a 1:350-scale model by Rick Cotton
    • My father’s ships by Larry L. Koehler
    • A digital pinas by Ab Hoving
    • Yankee whaleboat – a 1:30-scale paper model by David Sakrison
    • Neptunia No. 301
    • No space is the mother of restoration by Bill Mitchell

    Columns and Editorials

    • Editorial: Upgrading our presentation by Paul E. Fontenoy
    • Shop Notes, featuring The vee-jig: How to make masts, yards, and spars the fast, easy, quick and accurate old-fashioned way by William E. Sproul
    • Tips & Techniques, featuring Bases and mounting models by Steve Wheeler and Small Scale Gratings Using a Laser by Larry Koehler
    • Letters
    • Book Reviews
  • June 01, 2021 1:32 PM | David Eddy

    Effective 01 June 2021, Samuel Parent of Winona, MN has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Nautical Research Guild to fill the vacancy left by Mike Lonnecker.

    The NRG Board looks forward to working with Samuel as we continue to work on the business of the Guild.

  • May 13, 2021 11:00 AM | David Eddy

    On June 5th, 2021 the Guild will be hosting the next in our series of workshops: "Photography for Ship Models".  Kurt Van Dahm, who is a retired professional forensic photographer as well as a Director of the Guild, will show us how to photograph our models.

    Sharing photographs of our models is one of the most common ways we show off our work.  Whether you're taking photos for build log on Model Ship World or trying to capture the perfect photo for the Model Photo Competition, getting a great photo doesn't have to be hard.

    He has presented variations of this talk at NRG Conferences and Seminars.  Use these newly found photo skills to photograph your completed models and enter them in the 2021 Photographic Model Competition.  

    This will be a Zoom presentation.  The event is for NRG MEMBERS ONLY – cost is FREE.  Preregistration is required.  No need to call or email the office – we have automated the registration process.  

    If you plan to attend you must register no later than 5:00 PM CST on June 1, 2021.  Early registration is urged as this event is expected to be heavily attended and seats are limited.  All registrants will get an emailed invitation with the required link to attend on or about June 3.  Please join the event with your camera off and your microphone muted.

    Registration for this event has closed.

  • May 11, 2021 12:21 PM | David Eddy

    The Board of Directors of the Nautical Research Guild is pleased to announce the 2021 Photographic Ship Model Review & Juried Competition. The last NRG model photo competition was in 2015 (click here to view the winners). 

    Please note that the entry deadline for this competition has passed.

    The competition has been updated to make it easier to submit your photographs. All files will be submitted on-line…no more downloading the files to a DVD or driving to the post office. Entrants will also receive a written review of their model. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be awarded for the First, Second and Third place models in three categories: Apprentice, Journeyman and Master. A Best of Show medal will be awarded to the best Gold medal winner and ribbons will be awarded to models with qualifying points.

    The competition is open to Regular Members in good standing of the Nautical Research Guild. If you are not currently a member, join the Guild for as low as $40 and enter the Competition. The fee is only $30 per model entered. Winners will be announced at the Annual Member’s Meeting in the Fall. To view the complete rules click here. The forms are in PDF format and can be read with Adobe Reader. Click here for help with viewing PDF files.

    It has been a long time between competitions. You have had plenty of time to build some great models. 

    Click here to learn more about the competition.

  • April 12, 2021 3:21 PM | David Eddy

    Colonel John Glover’s Marblehead schooner Hannah (1765 - 1775): Fishing for the truth by Randle McLean Biddle is an in-depth research monograph that first appeared with an introduction in the Winter 2020 issue of the Nautical Research Journal.  The monograph was continued with 5 additional parts made available here on the Nautical Research Guild website.

    Now, this in-depth research monograph is available as a downloadable PDF for NRG members. Available as a single download or as individual PDFs by clicking here.

    With these PDFs, one for each Part of the monograph, you can:

    • Print a copy for a three-ring binder for handy reference for your personal library bookshelf.
    • Print copies of selected pages for use in your workshop if you choose to build your own interpretation of Hannah from the 1:48 drawings provided.
    • Read the monograph either on your device or on paper.

    NRG members can download the PDFs and additional drawings by clicking here.

    Not an NRG member yet?  Click here to learn more about membership and get access to this monograph!

  • April 05, 2021 8:41 AM | David Eddy

    The Board has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Conference. 

    Many of our previous attendees are senior citizens or have high risk factors for contracting COVID-19. Therefore, the Board has concluded that many members will still be reluctant to travel to attend the event this Fall.

    We have been in contact with the Channel Islands Maritime Museum and are hopeful that we will be able to hold the 2022 Conference there. 

    Our Annual Meeting will be a virtual event later in the year.  Details will be announced in the Secretary’s News Letter when the date is determined.

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