|Posted: 23 July 2010 at 1:33pm | IP Logged | 10
Yeah, the Joseph numbers are pretty much sequential, and make some sense.
The "official" numbers used in the STAR TREK ENCYCLOPEDIA (and elsewhere) come from Greg Jein, who wrote an article way back when matching up all the Constitution-class ship names from TMOST with the wall chart seen in "Court Martial".
The flaws in this, of course, are:
1. The numbers are wildly divergent and non-sequential, and thus not what one would expect if Constitution is NCC-1700, Enterprise is NCC-1701, etc. While Constellation had a much lower number (NCC-1017), is there any need to assume that Republic (NCC-1371) was a Constitution-class ship, aside from the fact that it was described as a "Starship" (the Enterprise-design nomenclature which preceded "Constitution-class")?
2. It stupidly assumes that almost ALL of the Constitution-class ships were undergoing repairs at Starbase 11 during that episode.
As an aside, the single best fanon tech manual I've ever seen is SHIPS OF THE STAR FLEET, which is a very impressive book. It's laid out like modern-day guides to naval vessels--schematics, changes in technology from ship to ship, current status of ships for each class, etc.
The amount of detail and thought put into it is staggering--it covers different ship classes from TOS through the movie era, and explains each iteration of the Enterprise design in various media as being a different class (as well as offering new designs)--the pilot versions, the production version (which is said to be a "Bonhomme Richard" class that the Constitutions were upgraded to), the Franz Joseph version, the PHASE II design, and so on. Constellation is said to have been upgraded to Constitution specs from a previous class.
Coincidentally, I was browsing at such a real-world book at my local library recently, and I just happened to randomly open it up--I kid you not--to the page on U.S.S. Enterprise, CVN-65. Spooky!
Edited by Greg Kirkman on 24 July 2010 at 11:00am