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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Trekyards Presents 50 Years of a Ship Named Enterprise at Trekonderoga

Trekyards is the weekly Star Trek Starship Webseries created by fans for fans.  Webcasts, available at Youtube, focus on well known, and not so well known ships of Star Trek's fifty year old franchise.

Co-creator, Samuel Cockings,
appears remotely from England.

He is a student at the University of Northampton, an avid Star Trek fan and freelance filmmaker. 

Co-creator, Stuart Foley
joins us at Trekonderoga.

Stuart is from Ontario, Canada, a lifelong Star Trek fan, creative model builder and Private Investigator. 

Today's presentation is 50 Years of a Ship Named Enterprise.  Samuel and Stuart dive into the construction, structures and crew compliments of the seven USS Enterprise starships in Star Trek's growing history.  

Matt Jefferies, former military pilot 
& freelance aviation illustrator, 
designed the first USS Enterprise
for the Star Trek (1966 - 1969) series.

These men know their starships
from bow to stern & from port

They brought lots of graphics.

The Bridge is located at the 
top center of Starships.

A look at Federation starships
 throughout the years....

The Constitution Class USS Enterprise NCC-1701 on the far left, have a limited number of crew during the United Federation of Planets' exploratory years in the 23rd century. This starship is the setting for the original Star Trek series (1966 - 1969).

Second from the left is the "refit" of the original USS Enterprise NCC-1701, which is seen in Star

Third from the left is the 24th century Galaxy Class USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D of the Star Trek Next Generation series (1987 - 1994). was launched on October 4, 2363.  This starship has the latest technologies and is large enough to house the crew's families during its missions.  

The smaller ship, in the middle, is the Ambassador Class USS Enterprise NCC-1701-C commanded by Captain Rachel Garrett in 2344.   This ship responded to a distress call from the Klingon outpost on Narendra III and was attacked by four Romulan Warbirds. This Enterprise was lost with all hands presumed dead.  A timeline "link up" in Yesterday's Enterprise episode (air date February 17, 1990) puts the Enterprise NCC-1701-D and the Enterprise NCC-1701-C together, fighting the Klingons in a alternate timeline 20 year long war.

The fifth starship has a unique story...  Just after being launched a few Enterprise veterans, James T. Kirk, Montgomery Scott and Pavel Chekov and the ship's skeleton crew aboard the Excelsior Class USS Enterprise NCC-1701-B responds to a distress call and is caught in a strange mysterious ribbon in space... The Nexus in Star Trek Generations (1994)..

The sixth starship is the Sovereign Class USS Enterprise NCC-1701-E.  It makes its first appearance in Star Trek: First Contact (1996).  In a desperate fight to save humanity from the Borg, Captain Jean-Luc Picard faces down the Borg Queen and refuses assimilation. The Enterprise NCC-1701-E is commanded by Captain Picard again in Star Trek: Insurrection (1998), as he makes the hardest decision of his career: obey an order that will destroy the Ba'ku people, or disobey the order and protect six hundred indigenous people by keeping them on their unique planet.  

The NX Class starships saw service in the mid 22nd century and established United Earth as a legitimate interstellar power.  The Enterprise NX-01, launched in 2155, under the command of Captain Jonathan Archer in the Star Trek: Enterprise series (2001 - 2005) is tasked making contact with new species in the Alpha and Beta quadrants while expanding United Earth's presence in deep space. 

Looking ahead...  The newest series, Star Trek Discovery, is set to debut in 2017.  CBS is sharing very few details....  Can't wait!

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