Robert Comsol wrote:
And yet, there is not one Vulcan name among them. It obviously took Andrew Probert's intervention that we got a least the Surak shuttle in TMP.
Would Vulcans name ships? Would Vulcans even have
ships from which to take names?
Sure, in ENT, their ships are named, but before that, given just TOS, we know Vulcan is an arid world, probably not possessing bodies of standing water large enough to need to be sailed across. In which case, Vulcans wouldn't have ships or the traditions associated with sailing. Perhaps no TOS starships were named after Vulcan ships or people because they did not possess that habit before joining the Federation.
Maybe the human species is the only one among the UFP members that still enjoys hazardous space exploration.
Very likely. Humans are the crazy tourists wandering the galaxy, when all right-thinking civilizations know you stay safe by enjoying the comforts of home. But, hey, if the crazy humans are out there anyway
, they may as well serve a purpose by protecting the rest of the sedentary Federation members from the other crazies that wander the galaxy, like the Klingons....