NRG Conference This Week

The 2018 Nautical Research Guild Conference is about to take place, running from October 25 through the 28th at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is a first for the NRG, which usually holds the conference in a place of nautical attraction of some type. This year, an attempt was made to hold the conference some place where hotel costs can be kept a little cheaper and flights in and out are cheaper and easier to get. Not everyone is fond of the location, so it will be interesting to see how it goes.

The format of the conference will be the same as usual with local sightseeing tours scheduled for Thursday, and roundtables and seminars scheduled for Friday and Saturday. There is also the membership meeting Saturday afternoon and a banquet dinner later that evening.

A few vendors are scheduled to be in attendance, including our own local Ages of Sail. They include conference regulars BlueJacket Shipcrafters and Train Troll.

We’re getting down to the wire for pre-registration, but you can always register at the door.  For more conference details, visit:


NRG’s 2015 Photographic Ship Model Contest

The Nautical Research Guild held their annual conference in Mystic, CT, at the end of October. While only one of our Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights members was able to attend to representing our group. At the NRG banquet, our group members took a larger share of the honors.

The winners of the 2015 Photographic Ship Model Contest were announced at the dinner event. All models entered into the contest received a ribbon based on total points earned in the scoring. The top models in the categories of Journeyman and Master received medals. Three medals, either Bronze, Silver or Gold, were awarded in each category, for a total of six medals, with Hyde Street Pier members taking home with 2 of the 6 medals.

Clare Hess, receive a Bronze medal in the Journeyman category for his model of the Private Armed Schooner Lively, 1813, while Paul Reck was awarded a Silver medal in the Journeyman category for his model of the Grand Banks 32, Willie II.

Clare’s Lively model is a 1:48-scale scratchbuilt model of a small, single gun privateer, typical of the early pilot boat model privateers of the War of 1812. The model was based on kit plans by the late Jim Roberts.

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Paul Reck’s Willie II is a Grand Banks 32 that was built around 1978 and used by the St. Francis Yacht Club as a race committee boat. His model was built from scratch in 1:16-scale and is on display at the Yacht Club.

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Watch the upcoming NRG Journal and the NRG website for a full report on the contest.

Note: This story originally referenced the wrong yacht club for the Willie II. The correct yacht club is the St. Francis Yacht Club, not the Corinthian Yacht Club. Thanks to David Wingate for catching the slip-up!