We were free to choose the medium in which we desired to work and she chose Popsicle sticks. So far we were off to a great start! Our ship had to include a main deck with a raised railing, sails with rigging, a flag, and the ship's name on it somewhere. With task in hand we took to the internet to find some sort of guidance. I certainly didn't expect to find a "Here's How to Build the Nina out of Popsicle Sticks" guide, but I assumed someone somewhere would have something we could use as a jumping off point to modify to suit our needs. You know what? There wasn't! After an exhaustive search (which included shout outs to friends on Facebook) I settled on the one and only thing I could find which was a 12 step instruction set that was lifted directly out of a craft book and posted on eHow. Unfortunately, whomever posted it grossly misunderstood the importance of pictures. The instructions were very sketchy at best so after about the third or fourth step we felt we had enough to go on our own and just abandoned them completely.
So to help out anyone else choosing to undertake such an endeavor, I present to you my very first attempt at an Instructable!