Re: How many people aboard Enterprise ncc-1701
I would like to suggest that, while exact numbers of starship compliments could vary from time to time, there's also the possibility that just because a vessel is listed in a specific ship-class doesn't mean that it has roughly the same compliment as every other ship in that same class.
IIRC, Greg Jein uncovered some stuff from "Court Martial" for a 1973 article in T-Netgative
, that seemed to vaguely suggest the starships of a given class may be divided by further categorizations. So could it be that not all Connies have virtually the same compliment? Could some crew rosters differ depending on assignment/mission profile?
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