Re: Was the Enterprise A actually the Yorktown?
Well, surely Picard saw and knew and understood Starship = Constitution.
I have to admit, Scotty must have had a longer civilian career based on the above in some capacity. There isn't any other reason to distinguish starships from freighters and cruisers unless this is the intention.
"If you can't take a little bloody nose, maybe you ought to go back home and crawl under your bed. It's not safe out here. It's wondrous, with treasures to satiate desires both subtle and gross; but it's not for the timid." - Q