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Old October 10 2013, 06:21 AM   #279
Re: So many Mirandas/So few Constitution-refits?

Since there is no material fact behind any of this, only wishful interpretation of what other people made up, sometimes on the spot, I'd say we can't exclude anything.

But being a Trekkie and a naval history buff, I have to prefer an interpretation with a naval analogy. I would think transporter is nice, but it is only a substitute for one of a ship's shuttles' many possible roles. A reasonable collection of versatile shuttles are, like the collection of ship's boats that grace every sailing warship, vital to the a starship expected to operate independently, away from heavily built up federation economic and logistic centers, for lengthy periods of time.
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