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Vulcan Ship Classes

20th and 21st Centuries - 22nd Century - Uncertain Vulcan Class - Unknown Vulcan Class

 

20th and 21st Centuries


D'Vahl type
General description
The D'Vahl is a cone-shaped Vulcan ship with "wings" on either side of the front tip, and three engine pods, separated by 120. It is capable of planetary landings. The ship was in service during Earth's 20th century.
Gallery: Vulcan Starships
Known ships
D'Vahl
  Annotations
The D'Vahl appeared at the end of ENT: "Carbon Creek" and rescued two of the three surviving crew members of the survey ship (below) that had crashed on Earth. It is quite obviously a design different than the survey ship. The model reappeared without changes in ENT: "Awakening" and "Kir'Shara", 200 years later (see below), where it arguably has to be a different design.
Class specifications
None available

 


Survey ship
General description
This is a small spoon-shaped Vulcan survey ship. It was in service during Earth's 20th century.
Gallery: Vulcan Starships
Known ships
No name given
  Annotations
This is the type of ship on which T'Pol's great-grandmother served and that crashed near Carbon Creek. No class name or ship name was mentioned.
Class specifications
Length: approx. 24m
Crew complement: 4

 


T'Plana Hath type
General description
The T'Plana Hath is a small survey ship of unknown class with a threefold structure from the 21st century. It is capable of landing on a planet.
Known ships
T'Plana Hath
  Annotations
1) While there is no evidence in "First Contact" itself, the secondary literature (namely ST Magazine and Fact Files) makes it clear that it is the entire starship that lands on Earth, and not a shuttle or dedicated landing module. The name T'Plana Hath wasn't mentioned in the movie either, but only in the script.
2) Well, the design with its many movable parts and the incredibly complicated procedure of just opening the door doesn't seem to be very logical...
3) The T'Plana Hath appears as an Easter Egg aboard the Narada.
Class specifications
Survey ship
Diameter: approx. 43m

 

22nd Century


D'Kyr type
General description
The D'Kyr is a member of a yet unnamed class. The ship is significantly larger than Enterprise. Like on the Surak class and the Sh'Ran, an annular warp drive is employed, but here the hull of the ship splits, thereby forming a second ring that wraps horizontally around the engine ring. The (inner) engine ring may be tilted until it is horizontal and hence completely covered by the outer hull.
Gallery: Vulcan Starships
Known ships
D'Kyr
Tal'Kyr
Seleya
  Annotations
1) The D'Kyr may be of the yet unseen Maymora class, but this is only speculation.
2) It is noteworthy that the Tal'Kyr of the D'Kyr type from ENT: "Future Tense" is explicitly called "combat cruiser", just as the Sh'Ran of about the same size shown in "Fallen Hero". But unlike we previously speculated, the Sh'Ran probably wasn't just a stand-in for the not yet finished D'Kyr type but was built especially for "Fallen Hero".
3) The crew complement is stated by T'Pol in "Impulse".
4) We can see
the D'Kyr type with an inclined engine hoop in ENT: "Future Tense", "Impulse", "Bounty" and "The Awakening". In the first two episodes this may be because of the battle damage. Still, it points to a hinge between the outer and the (inner) engine ring that the inner ring doesn't simply fall off when the ship is heavily damaged. In "Bounty" the inner ring is completely horizontal and submerged. We can safely say that the inner ring is not simply missing because it is glowing blue on the inside -- we know from all other appearances that the outer ring is never illuminated. Actually the ring may have been brought to horizontal position to launch the support craft (read on below). A sketch by John Eaves depicted in the German Star Trek Communicator (issue #88) corroborates this notion.
5) The D'Kyr was originally designed by John Eaves as D'Vahl ("Carbon Creek").
Class specifications
Combat cruiser
Length: approx. 600m
Crew complement: 147

 


D'Kyr support craft
General description
Vessels of the D'Kyr type have a support vessel with a smaller version of an annular warp drive. This shuttle normally docks inside the ship's engine hoop. On the D'Kyr the engine hoop may be inclined up to the point where it is horizontal and completely inside the outer ring in order to release the shuttle.
Known ships
No name given
  Annotations
1) We can see the support vessel in most appearances of the D'Kyr class, most clearly when we look at the ship from the aft, as for instance in ENT: "Cease Fire". The support craft is docked at its forward end in the center of the two rings. As a matter of fact, the three times when the engine ring of a D'Kyr type was not in vertical position, in ENT: "Future Tense", "Impulse", "Bounty" and "The Awakening", the support craft was missing too! In the latter episode we may see the support craft alone on the lower left (#3 on the screen cap), but it is barely recognizable even on the DVD caps.
2) John Eaves envisioned the support craft as a kind of rescue vessel comparable to the US Navy's DSRV.
Class specifications
Length: approx. 180m

 


Fighter
General description
The fighter is used in the Vulcan orbital defense in the 22nd century. It sports three engine pods, separated by 120.
Known shuttles
No name given
  Annotations
These small vessels could be seen in ENT: "Awakening" and "Kir'Shara". They are somewhat larger than an Enterprise shuttlepod, maybe 12m long. They are better shielded against the geomagnetic field near the Forge on Vulcan than the Starfleet shuttle too. The model is an unchanged re-use of the D'Vahl from "Carbon Creek" (see above). We previously believed that at least the number of engine pods is different, but both ships have three of them. Still the fighter evidently can't be the same design as a much larger interstellar ship from 200 years ago, so it is listed as a distinct type.
Class specifications
None available

 


Maymora
General description
This starship class is at least several years old as of 2151.
Known ships
Yarahla
  Annotations
Archer mentions this ship class to the Vulcan captain in ENT: "Breaking the Ice".
Class specifications
None available

 


Ship
General description
Menos owns a small cargo ship with one deck, consisting of a cockpit and a cargo hold.
Gallery: Vulcan Starships
Known ships
No name given
  Annotations
The ship's interior was visible in ENT: "The Seventh". We can identify the ship from outside, as it is the only vessel besides the NX-01 shuttlepod that does not lift off after the fire has broken out in the station. It is essentially the same design as the Klingon "rebel" ship from ENT: "Judgment". Find the analysis of all vessels on the page on unknown ships.
Class specifications
None available

 


Satellite
General description
Satellites like this one form the orbital detection grid of Vulcan.
Known satellites
No name given
  Annotations
A picture of the satellite could be seen on a display when Soval and Trip were talking about how to disable it in ENT: "The Awakening". It may be a simple cut&paste work using parts of the Surak class.
Class specifications
None available

 


Shuttle
General description
Starships of the Sh'Ran type are equipped with this type of large shuttles.
Gallery: Vulcan Starships
Known shuttles
No name given
  Annotations
The shuttle could be seen in ENT: "Fallen Hero". It has a similar annular drive section as the larger vessels. The same type of shuttle was visible on a landing platform on Vulcan in ENT: "The Forge".
Class specifications
Length: approx. 35m

 


Sh'Ran type
General description
The Sh'Ran is a Vulcan combat ship type around 2151. The ring around the needle-shaped hull holds the warp drive. The ship is equipped with much more powerful weapons than on Enterprise NX-01.
Gallery: Vulcan Starships
Known ships
Sh'Ran
  Annotations
1) The CGI model used for the combat cruiser Sh'Ran in ENT: "Fallen Hero" is clearly based on that of the Surak class. But it is an entirely new mesh with dissimilar proportions (most obviously not quite as elongated) and dissimilar details. Doug Drexler needed just two days for his Surak class (below). It could not be shown up close, but a high-resolution version would have taken about two weeks. Pierre Drollet later built the Sh'Ran in high resolution.
2) Isn't the Sh'Ran simply a more detailed version of the Surak, with perhaps a few detail changes, but essentially the same ship class? 3D artist Rob Bonchune on the issue: "The original model was just not up to snuff for what we needed. So it was superseded. They are theoretically the same ship, not two different classes or types." However, the many obvious changes to the model are a clear sign that it is indeed a distinct class, and the smaller windows insinuate a larger size. Aside from the visual differences the two ship types also have different roles and different top speeds. Doug Drexler: "I like to think that they are two different classes."
Class specifications
Combat cruiser
Length: approx. 600m
Speed: Warp 7

 


Surak


Ni'Var variant
General description
The Surak class is a Vulcan ship type around 2151. The ring around the needle-shaped hull holds the warp drive. The ship is equipped with a tractor beam and with more powerful beam weapons than on Enterprise NX-01.
Gallery: Vulcan Starships
Known ships
Ni'Var
Ti'Mur
  Annotations
1) Doug Drexler quickly built this model for use in the background: "It was my first pass concept model. Like all the concept models, it's low to medium resolution. Usually I only take 2 days to build something like that, because Herman [Zimmerman] needs it pronto for approval. A high rez version was built later by Pierre [Drollet] so that they could get close to it." This better detailed model would appear as the Sh'Ran in "Fallen Hero" (see above).
2) The Surak class is a positive surprise, because here is a starship that reconciles different design lineages instead of screwing them up even more. First of all, it helps to rationalize the SS Enterprise with its odd ring structure. Secondly, the T'Pau from TNG: "Unification" has some sort of ringed warp drive too. Thirdly, the color of the Surak is similar to the one of the T'Plana Hath. We can hardly expect more consistency of a starship design. Cordial thanks on behalf of all concerned fans! Yet, from an engineering viewpoint it is quite adventurous and little logical to connect the ring to the hull at only one point at the bottom. Enormous lever forces would act upon the ship which could have been significantly lowered just adding a few tiny spokes. A preliminary version by Doug Drexler had additional struts, but they were removed on the final model.
3) The Surak class first appeared as the science ship Ti'Mur in ENT: "Breaking the Ice", then as the Ni'Var in "Shadows of P'Jem". The color was switched from red to brown between the Ti'Mur and the otherwise identical Ni'Var, in addition the lighting of these two ships is not quite the same.
4) The Surak class is depicted upside down in Daniels' files in ENT: "Future Tense". I assume this is accidental and not yet another ship class (some other vessels on that display are upside down too, if I recall correctly).
5) The class name of the Ti'Mur may have been supposed to be "Suurok" as in the close-captioning of the episode "Breaking the Ice", and the Fact Files confirms that. On the other hand, a more prominent article about the ship in Star Trek: The Magazine makes it clear that the name was indeed supposed to be "Surak". This class name is no problem, if it remains an exclusively Vulcan design, as opposed to the later Surak class of Starfleet. I take it that "Suurok" is simply a tentative spelling or something alien-looking made up based on the pronunciation in the episode because a part of the script was accidentally not available. The latest suggestion about the name comes from the Japanese Fact Files, where there are suddenly two classes, the science ship Suurok and the combat cruiser Surak. The author obviously turned the name dispute into an advantage. Yet, it seems idiotic that the two classes would have names that sound the same, even if there may be a slight difference in the original Vulcan pronunciation.
Class specifications
Science ship
Length: approx. 350m
Speed: Warp 6.5

 


Vahklas type
General description
This Vulcan starship class outdated as of 2151, but still in service in 2154.
Gallery: Vulcan Starships
Known ships
Vahklas
  Annotations
1) The ship type with its characteristic crescent-shaped warp engines first shows up as the civilian ship Vahklas, not under control of the Vulcan High Command, in ENT: "Fusion". T'Pol is a bit surprised and says that "this class of vessel hasn't been used for a long time". The ship is somewhat shorter than Enterprise's saucer, giving us an overall length of about 110m.
2) Two years later, the High Command seems to have pulled some of these vessels off the mothballs for low-grade, as we see them in the Vulcan trilogy in
ENT: "Awakening" and "Kir'Shara". I previously believed there were some modifications to the CGI model, but it is the same that was in "Fusion". Two of these small vessels appear together with one ship of the D'Kyr type to attack Enterprise in Vulcan's orbit. They are considerably smaller than the D'Kyr. A vessel of this type is also part of the "welcome fleet" in "Storm Front".
Class specifications
Length: approx. 110m

 

Various shuttles, visible in Vulcan's atmosphere ENT: "Home"

 

Uncertain Vulcan Class


Future cruiser
General description
This Vulcan starship class with three intersecting engine rings will be in service some time after 2152.
Known ships
No name given
  Annotations
T'Pol and Archer spot a diagram of this vessel on the display device in Daniels's quarters in ENT: "Future Tense". Considering the similarity to the Surak class, it shouldn't be commissioned too far into the future. The label next to the ship reads: "RetroFitted Dorsal Carrier, Design XRT-55D, Commission Date 3125". This doesn't make much sense, and it could refer to anything else on the chaotic screen. 
Class specifications
None available

 

Unknown Vulcan Class

Nyran, Vulcan ship, commanded by Captain Tavek, interior seen in ENT: "The Seventh"

T'Plana, Vulcan ship, lost with all hands in a class-5 neutronic storm in the 21st century (ENT: "The Catwalk")

Vankara, Vulcan ship, lost in the Delphic Expanse (ENT: "The Expanse", "Impulse").

 


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