NRG 2019 Annual Conference in New Bedford

The Nautical Research Guild is pleased to announce the 2019 annual conference, to be held October 24-26, 2019 at the New Bedford Whaling Museum in New Bedford, MA.  With three days of speakers, round tables, and events, the annual NRG conference is the ultimate destination for anyone interested in model ship building. Whether you’re just starting out, or you’re an experienced modeler, the NRG conference has something for you!

Meet experts in the field, refine your craft, and have fun at this one-of-a-kind event! 

Important!  Make hotel reservations ASAP!
It’s important to reserve rooms early!

We have a block of rooms with an early expiration date of May 23, 2019 that we need to fill before that date or we will lose the unreserved rooms from this block at that time. We have another block of rooms that will remain open until September 23, 2019.  However, if the first block isn’t filled there will not be enough rooms for the expected number of attendees. This is a popular place overlooking the water and the rooms we have will only be adequate if early reservations are made. Don’t delay.  The hotel features free breakfast and free internet.

Fairfield Inn & Suites New Bedford

185 MacArthur Drive

New Bedford, MA 02740


Advanced Reservations are required to get the NRG rate.  Reservations for arrival before Wednesday, October 23, 2019 must be made by phone.   Click here only for reservations starting on October 23, 2019 or later.

Please call the hotel directly at 774-634-2000 if arrival will be before Wednesday, October 23, 2019 or if you plan to stay beyond the Sunday following the Conference.  

Hotel cancellation policy is 48 hours prior to arrival.

About the Conference

October 24-26, 2019 will be the dates of the 2019 Conference that will be held at and partnership with the New Bedford Whaling Museum in New Bedford, MA.  All conference events will be held in the museum except for the evening banquet which will be on Friday night this year at a facility adjacent to the hotel.

The conference hotel has free breakfasts and free parking and is within walking distance to the museum.

There will be updates and registration information released soon. It is important to reserve hotel rooms early if you plan to attend – as explained above.

Speakers, Sessions and Events

The conference tour on Thursday will (tentatively) include the Naval War College Museum and the Herreshoff Marine Museum.

Speakers and round table presenters are not all set yet but include Chuck Passaro, Dan Pariser, Nic Damuck, Ron Neilson, Mitch Michelson and Toni Levine. 

Evelyn Ansel will discuss the preservation and publication of the plans for the Herreshoff designs.  

D. K. (Kathy) Abbass, the Executive Director and Principal Investigator of the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project, (RIMAP) will discuss the latest findings and historical evidence establishing that the transport ship Lord Sandwich, scuttled in Newport Rhode Island's Outer harbor in 1778 by the British during the Revolution was formally Captain Cook's Endeavour.