Founded in 1948, the Nautical Research Guild is a Federally 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. This October 22nd - 24th they are having a conference in Mystic Connecticut that includes a private tour of Mystic Seaport.
From their Website:
We are preparing special tours not offered to the general public at the Mystic Seaport on Thursday. The special arrangements will pretty much fill the day Thursday, so if you wish to tour the rest of the Mystic Seaport attractions available to the public you will probably want to plan this for the Wednesday before the conference or on Sunday following the conference.
1) Inside the Archives/Library
2) Model Collection - models not on public display
3) Small Craft Collection
4) Inside the Shipyard
Each tour will be approximately one hour and will be conducted though out the day in a round-robin format such that about 100-120 members can take part in groups of 25-30. Tour times starting at 9am and ending around 4:30pm with an allowance for lunch on your own.
As the tour space is limited, we urge that spouses who are not interested in the special tours not to sign up so that those interested are not closed out. There is plenty to do elsewhere in the Seaport.
The special tour arrangements will pretty much fill the day Thursday, so if you wish to tour the rest of the Mystic Seaport attractions available to the public you will want to plan this for the Wednesday before the conference or on Sunday following the conference. All who register for the conference will receive admission to the Mystic Seaport Wednesday through Sunday.
There are plenty of things to do and see in Mystic including the Aquarium and Mystic Villages located right across the street. Click to download a list of Mystic attractions.
Even though these attractions are within walking distance, others such as the seaport will require a car. Its just a mile down the road. The Hotel does have a shuttle but renting a car for your stay would allow you to visit so much more. There are two Casinos within 30 minutes of the hotel along with the New London submarine base. Not to mention many area restaurants including the Famous Mystic Pizza.
The Mystic Hilton will be the conference hotel and the location for the Modeler's Tech Sessions on Friday and the General Sessions on Saturday as well as the Model Display and Vendor Room.
Below is a partial list of speakers– several are yet to provide final confirmation:Friday Morning
Steve Wheeler – Modeling Clinker-built Boats
Michel Mantin – Modeling 20th Century “Grey (Steel) Navy” Vessels Fuso & Dunkerque
Douglas Brooks – Japanese Boat Building & ModelsFriday Afternoon Roundtables
David Antscherl – Rigging Tips & Tricks
Kurt Van Dahm – Airbrushing Basics for the Modeler
Chuck Passaro – Serving Rope
Steve Wheeler – A Jig for Making Oars
Nic Damuck – Making Scale Silkspan Sails Saturday
Paul O’Pecko – Library Director, Mystic Seaport – Conducting Primary Research
Melbourne Smith – Modeling 1:1: Building Seagoing Replicas
Grant Program – Short Updates – Future Releases
Grant Walker – The Rogers Collection: In Print at Last! Conference Diner Speaker
Russ Kramer – President and Fellow of the American Society of Marine Artists
will direct you to their conference event page where a registration form can be obtained.