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Old February 24 2013, 08:49 AM   #71
Re: The Constellation's registry number

USS Reliant (Miranda Class) is referred to as a "starship" in Chekov's log entry on approach to Ceti Alpha V.
But at some point, there is going to be a sea change in the meaning of "starship" anyway. We can't be sure whether it's between the TOS movies and TNG that every warp-powered skiff gains this title, or whether it's between TOS and ST2:TWoK...

However, ST:TVH still makes a distinction between "starships" and "lesser vessels", which makes me think the definitions are still the same as in "DDM" and Spock's statement would have covered widely dissimilar types.

canonical producers' ("Starship Class") and creator's ("Enterprise Class") intentions.
That "Enterprise class" business seems quite doubtful - in TMoST, it's probably just a way of saying "ships of the same class as our Enterprise", and not uncommon usage at that, and doesn't actually give any information about the class of the Enterprise in the sense WWII veterans would interpret the concept.

Whether there ever was any "intention" behind what was written in the dedication plaque is unclear as well.

Assuming the Defiant was built later
And the registry would support that assumption, unless we allow some interpretation of the significance of NCC-1017 to undermine it.

Just as USPEA "evolved" into the UFP and lasers "evolved" into phasers, Starship class "evolved" into Constitution class.

The most recent evolution trumps the previous version.
Disagreed. UESPA never disappeared from Trek lore; lasers may have been replaced by phasers but didn't really go away and were again doing un-lasery things in "Loud as a Whisper"; and the class identity of Kirk's ship still remains in considerable flux.

Timo Saloniemi
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