C.E. Evans wrote:
It's just as valid an idea as her being an all-new build is.
That's what FASA postulated in the Star Trek IV RPG Sourcebook Update - that she was a new build, originally supposed to be named the USS Atlantis
, and then renamed Enterprise following the Whale Probe incident.
Yeah, there are at least 3 or 4 different origin stories amongst the fandom of where the E-A came from, all possible, none proven or dis-proven either way.