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Published quarterly, the Nautical Research Journal contains feature articles on ship model building, merchant and naval shipbuilding, naval architecture, maritime trade, nautical history, and maritime arts.

For over 60 years, each issue has featured material contributed by professional and dedicated amateur historians, museum curators, ship modelers, artists, and others.  Each article is beautifully illustrated with archival and modern photographs, vessel plans, and technical drawings. 

In Every Issue

    • Features that provide in-depth articles on model construction, research, and nautical history.
    • Shop notes give practical innovative workshop and research advice
    • Tips and techniques feature great information for new modelers and experienced builders alike.
    • Book reviews of recent maritime publications. Click here for expanded online book reviews
    • Letters to the editor, an arena for members to ask questions and provide feedback
    • Vendor advertisements, a vital guide when making purchasing decisions

Current Issue
Summer 2023 - Vol. 68, No. 2


  • USS/SS Leviathan: Building a museum model with a split personality, Part 4 by Dan Parser
  • L'Egyptienne: A 1:160-scale 24-pounder frigate of 1799 (A work in progress.) by Richard Simon
  • A Viking river-ship in portage over rough terrain by William J. Wardle
  • The America's Cup schooner Sappho by Marcelo C. Ossó
  • Interview with the ship modeler, conservator, and maritime historian: Ab Hoving, by Ron Neilson
  • NEPTUNIA No.309
  • 3D-Printing and using a mariner's astrolabe, by Alan O'Neill

Columns and Editorials

  • SHOP NOTES: How to cut a plank with minimum wastage, by Robbie Zielemans
  • MODELER’S REVIEW: All new 4-inch disc sander from Model Machines LLC, by Bill Maxwell
  • TIPS & TECHNIQUES: Cleaning sandpaper: Prolong its life with a rubber cleaning stick!, by Kurt Van Dahm
  • Advertiser Index
  • Book Reviews
  • More book reviews

Editorial Guidelines

Learn how to submit articles to the Journal.

Articles and Archives

Buy individual articles or complete archives.

Journal Issue Indexes

Browse and search for articles in previous issues.


Additional articles and book reviews available online only.

Available in Print and Digital Editions

The Nautical Research Journal is available as both a collectable printed magazine and as a digital publication.  You can choose which version to receive when you join the NRG.

The print edition of the Journal is mailed to members quarterly.  The print edition features a beautiful glossy cover and a mix of full color and black and white pages.   It makes a great addition to any collection of reference materials.

The digital edition is accessed online through your web browser.  It can be viewed from any computer, tablet, or mobile phone.  

New and renewing members can select which version they wish to receive when signing up, and current members can easily add a digital or print edition to their existing membership by contacting the NRG.

Digital Edition Features

    • All the same content as the printed Journal
    • View on any computer, tablet, or mobile phone
    • Full color illustrations and photos throughout
    • Add bookmarks and notes
    • Archive of all digital editions released during your membership
    • Available immediately when more waiting for the mail
    • Cost-effective option for international members
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