The Nautical Research Guild publishes a variety of resources for model ship builders and nautical history enthusiasts. Ship Modeler's Notes, Volumes 1 & 2, each feature tons of great information for modelers at any level.
Ship Modeler's Shop Notes, Vol. I
Ship Modeler's Shop Notes, Vol. 2
Modeling the Ironclads
Building the Continental Navy Brig Lexington, A Practicum
Progressive Scratch Building in Ship Modeling
The Seaman’s Speculum or Compleat School-Master