model of the Aurora (TOS: "The Way to Eden")
was built adding two warp nacelles to the conical Tholian
ship. The idea that the Federation should suddenly use a design by the
Tholians who were unknown until a few months prior to the episode and
clearly hostile is ludicrous. We must assume that
the Aurora actually looks considerably different. The thumbnail already showing all the
"details", the original size picture from the Star
Trek Fact Files is surely dispensable.
The new Aurora in TOS-R: "The Way to Eden" is a simple tubular
design with two warp engines. Mike Okuda tells us that it is "a
modified version of Mudd's ship [J class, see below]. Registry number
NC-17740... The registry number is from Matt Jefferies's airplane. Actually, I have a vague memory that we may have used that number for another ship, earlier, but I wanted to do that for Matt in his own show."
Jefferies's airplane on display.
This ship type is a personnel transport somewhat
larger than a runabout.
SS Santa Maria BDR-529
The SS Santa
Maria could be seen landed on a planet in DS9:
"Paradise", however, its exact hull shape was not
Swap the "w" and the
"h" in "Erewhon", and read it backward to see how
the name was created. The registry BDR-529 of the Santa Maria is another in-joke. It's the number
plate of the Bluesmobile!
The holoship ("Star Trek:
Insurrection") doesn't have
visible warp nacelles, but since it was supposed to serve for
long-distance transport, it must be warp-capable. The above schematic
from the Star Trek Fact Files reproduces the final version of
the ship which obviously strives to compensate for the simple overall
shape with way too many surface details. The schematic from Star Trek: The Magazine looks much better and more plausible and it has
visible warp nacelles, but it resembles rather the pre-production
The ship featured in "Star Trek:
Insurrection" was equipped with a cloaking device.
Since this seems to be illegal according to the Treaty of
Algeron, other ships of this type (if there are any)
probably do not have cloaking.
There is no real reason why this ship is traditionally listed at
EAS as "Federation non-Starfleet". Story-wise it could well be a Starfleet ship, only that
it doesn't look like one. John Eaves's early sketches of the holoship
indeed show a (Starfleet) registry NX-75115. Alas, the final ship neither
seems to have a name nor a registry number.
Even if it wasn't the author's
intention, it has been conjectured that this class of privately owned
vessels (from TOS: "Mudd's
Women") could be the same as the J
class mentioned in ENT: "Fortunate Son" and seen in
Keene of the Y-class ECS Fortunate talked of having his ship equipped with a new warp
drive. There is no reason that the so refurbished cargo ships (Y class
and J class alike) may
not have been in service for another 100 years until the TOS episode.
Yet, the Class-J ship
appeared in "Mudd's Women" as a compact glowing light, as
opposed to the rather complex shape of the J class.
In the remastered (TOS-R) update of "Mudd's Women" the
glowing light on the viewscreen was replaced with something that looks
much more like a "real" starship with two warp nacelles and
a central impulse engine, all with a bright blue glow. This new TOS-R
ship bears no resemblance to the J class from Enterprise either.
Kobayashi Maru type
This ship type seems to be a combined tanker and passenger vessel.
Maru was a simulated ship in "Star Trek II". It
would be sick humor if Starfleet "destroyed" an
actually existing ship this way. The ship type, on the
other hand, along with the specifications that were seen
on screen, is probably as authentic as the whole
simulation is supposed to be.
Although there were occasionally other alien ships with English
names, I assume that this ship, apparently mostly manned with humans,
is registered in the Federation (if registered at all).
The scale sheet made by Nilo Rodis for "Star Trek III"
shows the Merchantman (as "Merchant Ship") at 220ft or 67m, and it is remarkable that on this sketch
the ship looks much less complex and more shuttle-like. It is a blatant scaling error when the Merchantman
in the actual movie scene appeared to
be only some 20m long compared to the Bird-of-Prey. The extremely
complicated structure of the finalized model without windows and access
hatches that would have to be much larger and much more prominent at a length of
requires that it is at least the same size as the BoP. Also, it would
be much easier if the original Merchantman were the very same design
as its later incarnations as various larger alien ships.
The episode DS9: "The Passenger" creates the impression that
the Norkova is a Federation ship.
The Norkova design clearly emerged from the model of the Talarian freighter
Batris, a supposed
Antares-class vessel. As the Norkova sports a new bow section and has
an overall different structure, it
could be a different class as well. Note that the depiction of the Norkova
in the Star Trek Fact Files is wrong. The ship actually
looks like the Xhosa that will
appear later in DS9, only the color is different.
The Norkova design reappeared in VOY: "Author, Author",
approaching a dilithium mining colony of the Federation. It may have
been supposed to be a Federation vessel too, unlike other appearances
in Voyager and in Enterprise.
The civilian Oberth-class ships can be operated with a
crew complement of only a few people (TNG: "Hero
Worship"). It is possible that these ships are
decommissioned Starfleet vessels, rebuilt with less
advanced, yet more automated systems and mission specific
Strangely, the registry NAR-18834 is exactly the same as of the SS
Seattle, of TNG: "Up the Long Ladder", three seasons
earlier. The registries were both on displays and not simply made up.
It is either an incredible coincidence (1/100000 for a 5-digit
number!), or an in-joke, or the available reproduction of the chart
from "Up The Long Ladder" is incorrect. But why would
anyone get exactly this one registry from anywhere else? The double
registry remains a total mystery. We might explain it in a way that
the old SS Seattle was renamed to Vico some time, but if the Vico is
an Oberth class, the class would be in production for over 230 years!
See also Starfleet Ships L-Z
This is an unnamed class of exploration/surveyor
ships of the mid-24th century. The ship has four decks,
however, it can be operated by as few as two people. Gallery: Various Federation Ships
(U)SS Raven NAR-32450
The Raven was first featured in VOY: "The
Raven" as a non-Starfleet ship with the non-Starfleet registry NAR-32450. The dedication plaque with the stylized
depiction of a raven was labeled "The Raven"
and not "USS Raven". In VOY: "Dark Frontier"
the ship suddenly becomes "USS Raven" in
official Starfleet records and is identified as such by Magnus Hansen
himself, although the CGI model is labeled "SS Raven". A possible justification for
this obvious blunder is that the ship was taken into
Starfleet service briefly prior to its last mission to
explore the Borg, while the dedication plaque remained
The Hansens' ship was referred to as "Jefferies" on a
display in VOY: "The Gift". The text on the screen reads
like this: "According to arrival/departure log from the Drexler
outpost in sector Omega exploration vessel 'Jefferies' left
that location in 2354. No flight plan was filed and no further contact
was ever established. Last known heading was 237/47." The
rest is just inane blurb, but we might accept the useful part
nonetheless. Either the vessel's name was switched from Jefferies to
Raven (Starfleet may already have had a USS Jefferies) along with the
registry and the outpost was still using an old database, or the
Hansens were there in disguise.
The Whorfin class is a transport ship type at
the end of the 23rd century, capable of carrying at least
SS Lakul NFT-7793
SS Robert Fox NFT-1327
Although sometimes listed as
El-Aurian designs, the vessels from "Generations" are
clearly Federation ships. Why should the El-Aurians from the other
side of the galaxy name one of their ships after a Federation
Ambassador (Robert Fox from TOS: "A Taste of Armageddon")?
There is a
Starfleet ship USS Whorfin NCC-1024 listed in "Star Trek VI"
whose registry indicates it could be the first ship of the Whorfin
class, but there is no evidence Starfleet uses
Whorfin-class ships at all.
Length: approx. 270m
Passenger capacity: 200
These are ship types in service of specific Federation member
planets. Vulcan designs predating the foundation of the Federation are listed here.
Known prefixes NSP: Vulcan, science
This is a one-man
vessel of Denevan configuration.
No name or registry given
vessel only shows up in the remastered episode TOS-R: "Operation:
Annihilate!". As confirmed by Michael Okuda, It is the same model as
Mudd's Class J, but supposedly much smaller. Since
the vessel is barely visible anyway, we may assume it is actually a
distinct design "of Denevan configuration", as stated in
The Hekarans are said to be
Federation members. A Hekaran science vessel appears
in TNG: "Force of Nature". The scene is stock footage of the
Talarian warship. Since the Talarian patrol ship
and warship look like closely related designs, the various later
incarnations of the characteristic warships may be of Talarian origin. The Hekarans may have converted them to science
ships, possibly in a joined effort with the Frunalians.
The Medusan ship is based on a conventional Federation hull but
probably equipped with advanced navigation technology.
No name given
vessel can be seen at the end of TOS-R: "Is There in Truth No
Beauty". It bears a certain similarity to the Daedalus
class. Mike Okuda tells us: "Sorry, we didn't put a name or a registry number on that ship. The basic idea was Dave Rossi's suggestion. He thought that because the Medusans were non-corporeal and might not have developed technology as we know it, they might use Federation hardware, so their ships could have a distinct Federation style."
A Rigelian freighter was used to
hide a runabout taking Croden to the planet Rakhar from a Miradorn ship in
DS9: "Vortex". The ship design looks like the Pakled ship, only that there is additional
lighting. The light rows may suggest an
overall larger and therefore different and probably more advanced ship type. Since Rigel is
a Federation member world, the ship is listed here.
The city of Stratos is a huge structure hovering above the planet
Probably no other cities
is mentioned to be a member of the Federation in TOS: "The
Cloud-Minders", although its caste system is in contrast to
For the remastered version of the episode a detailed CGI was
constructed that closely follows the line of the original miniature.
The CGI is shown from various angles and in close shots.
The class of the T'Pau, a ship of the Vulcan National Merchant
Fleet, is unknown. Its design is
quite unconventional for a Federation ship and mainly
consists of a long angular hull and a ring around the hull where probably the warp drive is located. According
to the ship's registry, the design is relatively old.
There were at least two other ships of the same class. Gallery: Various Federation Ships
there is no mention of "Apollo class" in the Star
Trek Fact Files issue about the T'Pau, this
suggestion from the Star Trek Encyclopedia II should
be discarded. The T'Pau is probably a Vulcan design that
has never been in Starfleet service.
It is often doubted that the T'Pau could be actually one of
the three ships shown at the end of TNG:
"Unification II" because the navigational
deflector of the ship is missing. However, Sela clearly tells Picard
that the T'Pau, along with two other ships he does no yet know of, is
heading for Vulcan. Considering
that the ship is urgently needed and stealing still
another ship as a replacement would be an unnecessary
risk, the T'Pau is apparently used without being fully
operational, or the Romulans have cared for sufficient
spare parts to repair the three ships under all
circumstances. The Fact Files also state that the T'Pau is indeed
one of the three ships of the Romulan invasion fleet.
A variant of the T'Pau appears in DS9: "For the Cause".
In this episode the miniature seems to have retained some of the modifications that
were done for the Tosk ship, most
noticeably the raised aft section. The Vulcan
markings and the color were probably not reconstructed, but I assume they should
have been on the model. There also seem to be a detail on the ship that
on the T'Pau nor on the Tosk ship, covering the cockpit window of the
Jadzia's race, unlike the
so-called "Trills" from
TNG: "The Host", are definitely Federation members. This
particular vessel transported Lenara Kahn to Deep Space 9 in DS9:
"Rejoined". It is another re-use of the versatile Wadi
ship model, probably related to the Bajoran
vessel type 3.
The Vulcan warpshuttle can be regarded as the
predecessor of the runabout and is one of the few small
spacecrafts capable of warp flight at the end of the 23rd
century. The passenger compartment of the warpshuttle is
somewhat larger than a standard shuttlecraft. It can be
separated from the warpsled and docked to a starship. Gallery: Other Small Federation
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The warpshuttle appeared only
in "Star Trek: The Motion Picture". According to its
designer Andrew Probert the small vessel is armed with some sort of
guns. Also, the paint scheme involves shades of magenta, although the
vessel appears gray on screen. More first-hand information is
available at Probert's website.
incredibly long registry is authentic (Star Trek Fact
of the Maquis raider could be seen in TNG:
"Preemptive Strike", sporting some sort of a cockpit window. This ship
may have been supposed to be smaller than Chakotay's vessel, maybe 40m, but for the sake of plausibility, I assume it's just an oversized
cockpit and not a smaller ship. A second difference is that variant 1
did not yet have the additional struts between the main body and the
wings. Finally, the engine color is yellow on type 1 and red on type
Chakotay's raider is of the variant II, with a
structure looking like a bridge module. It appears to be just 50m long compared
to the Galor and to Voyager. But we would expect it to be
substantially larger considering a crew complement of at least
37 that can be inferred from mentions in later episodes. 60m is a compromise
that also allows the type 1 to be essentially the same design. B'Elanna said the ship was 39 years old as
of 2371 (VOY: "Caretaker").
Note that Chakotay's
raider is probably neither a Peregrine class nor an
Antares class (see Voyager Inconsistencies
for more about the ship). Jeri Taylor's Pathways claims that the ship's name is Liberty (Antares
class). The Fact Files explicitly and frequently state that
Chakotay's raider was named Zola, as in a draft of VOY:
"Parallax". On the other hand, a display in VOY:
"Repression" clearly reads "Vessel Designation: Val Jean"
(Valjean from Les Misérables). Well, *that* name would have suited Eddington's raider
from DS9: "For the Uniform" much better...
The latest information on the class name comes from Star Trek:
The Magazine. An article tells us of a desktop model of Chakotay's Maquis ship, as well as several
displays of the
ship where it is called a Ju'day-class ship (supposedly seen in VOY:
The Maquis version was not originally equipped with photon torpedoes
(DS9: "The Maquis"). But if the Maquis has acquired surplus
vessels, we wouldn't expect them to come fully equipped anyway.
See also Starfleet Ships L-Z
The small Maquis raider is a re-use of the Bajoran subimpulse raider from DS9:
"The Siege" with a modified cockpit section. The new cockpit is taller, and it has a characteristic step in the side
window. The Maquis version appeared only briefly in TNG: "Preemptive Strike". In this episode, however, we can see the
inside of one of the Maquis ships piloted by Santos, which is a slight redress of a Type-6 shuttle cockpit. This explains why the
exterior of the Bajoran raider was adapted, although the ship was only barely recognizable at all.
The LCARS displays inside the cockpit and the human crew set this raider apart from the Bajoran version. It also seems that the
Maquis version has warp drive, rather than the Bajoran one. It still possible that both versions of the small vessel are used by
the Maquis and the Bajorans alike. Whether the basic design is rather of Federation or of Bajoran design remains unknown. But
since the other ships of the Maquis are definitely Federation designs and they rather wouldn't take away ships from the Bajorans,
this may apply to the small raider as well.
Length: approx. 8.5m
Unknown Federation Class
The following ships were mentioned in
dialogue or were listed on displays, particularly the ones from TNG: "Up
the Long Ladder" and DS9: "Whispers". There is no clue what the
often strange prefixes could mean and whether these ships are all registered in
Artemis, colony ship,
mentioned in TNG: "The Ensigns of Command"
passenger ship, mentioned in TOS: "The Conscience of the
King" and listed on a display in TNG-R: "Inheritance"
Beagle, "small class-4 stardrive
vessel, crew of 47",
intentionally destroyed on Planet 892 IV (TOS: "Bread and
shown on a display in DS9: "Whispers" This is a homage to the groundbreaking
science fiction movie "Forbidden Planet", just like the name of the
ship's captain on the display, J.J. Adams.
vessel, crashed on Talos IV ("The Cage")
Dierdre, mentioned in
TOS: "Friday's Child"
shown on a display in DS9: "Whispers" Obviously named for civil rights leader W.E.B. Dubois, so W.E.B. may not be part of the
prefix, although other ships on the list seem to have prefixes similar to W.E.B.
Valley DY-950, commanded by Captain Dan King,
launched in 2183 on a colonization mission to the Ficus Sector, listed on an
Okudagram in TNG: "Up the Long Ladder"
The list from TNG: "Up the Long Ladder" (more ships here)
is full of in-jokes, and the diversity of name prefixes as well as of the
registries is confusing. I think we can include these ships without major
trouble, though. Maybe there were still several different (national) institutions
responsible for the ships. At least the NAR numbers for civilian ships seem to
have survived until the 24th century. The DY designations clearly point to ships
of the DY classes (of which DY-100 and DY-500 are canon). It is also possible
that the DY denoted the class here, while they have something like an NAR
registry. The real problem is rather why there is apparently not a single (Earth
or Federation) Starfleet ship among the vessels exploring the Ficus Sector,
although Starfleet is always shown as the dominant research institution.
shown on a display in DS9: "Whispers"
Kobheerian freighter, delivered Marritza to Deep Space 9 (DS9: "Duet") A Federation ship, according to Captain Sisko. Sisko later created a fake holographic image of the Rak-Miunis to fool the
Cardassians in DS9: "Second Skin", but it was not visible on screen
SS Hatteras DY-245,
commanded by Captain Gary Loes, launched in 2187 on a deep space exploration mission to the
Ficus Sector, listed on an Okudagram in TNG: "Up the Long Ladder" The name on the display reads like "Hatterás", but considering possible
namesakes "Hatteras" seems much more plausible.
Kogin NAR-24016, passenger manifest shown in TNG-R:
The ship's name starts with "K" as well but was otherweise not recognizable and
was probably different in the original
Manoa NAR-28474, passenger manifest shown in TNG-R:
The ship's name may have been "Manila" in the original
transport, carried the Rozhenkos in TNG: "New Ground"
freighter, abandoned by crew (TNG: "Angel One")
shown on a display in DS9: "Whispers"
shown on a display in DS9: "Whispers" There is no clue what the prefix is supposed to mean. Possibly "United
States Geological Survey".
Maru, mentioned and visible on a display in
TNG: "Darmok" The registry could be "NDT-38864", "NDT-30064" or a similar permutation.
T'Vran, Vulcan research vessel, was on a mission
in the Gamma Quadrant in DS9: "The Vortex"
Wisconsin NAR-50732, passenger manifest shown in TNG-R:
The ship's name starts with "W" as well but was otherweise not recognizable and
was definitely different in the original
shown on a display in DS9: "Whispers" This looks like "C.A.R. 54-D", but is not clearly readable.
shown on a display in DS9: "Whispers" This looks like "F.M.S. Gelomero", but is not clearly readable.
shown on a display in DS9: "Whispers" This looks like "C.G.M. Gh'aster", but is not clearly readable.
shown on a display in DS9: "Whispers" This looks like "F.G.M.S. Gyt'Aebat", but is not clearly readable.
shown on a display in DS9: "Whispers" This looks like "G.S. 12", but is not clearly readable.
shown on a display in DS9: "Whispers" This looks like "G.H.D. Per'ot", but is not clearly readable.
shown on a display in DS9: "Whispers" This looks like "G.C.S. Recio", but is not clearly readable.