STAR TREK never really made it clear how mass hauling and personnel transportation works in their Universe. Even in TOS remastered, we never did get to see the Astral Queen liner in "Conscience of the King". So starting with TAS and culminating with FJ's 1975 Tech Manual, we got to see some designs that seem to be kitbash-like concepts. The most obvious ones were FJ's Ptolemy and the Huron and drones from TAS. The remastered "Charlie X" revised TOS by making the Antares one of these. But canon TREK never really showed us a bona fide warptug, or what mass-hauling and starliners would look like. We've seen frieghters, but the Ptolemy concept was never affirmed in TNG, DS9, VOY or ENT. The Ptolemy was an interesting concept, using re-arranged components from the Constitution-class cruisers, but fans did a far more innovative job, like the Sultana kitbash that actually allows the ship to have a secondary hull/engineering with fuel store, hangar deck, an overall shape vaguely similar to the Constitution to make it more familial without being too familiar, and structured so the ship hauls two tug-pods in tandem. What would Starfleet mass hauling and personnel moving look like? The Sultana? I had thought about this a year or so ago, when I posted my Yellowknife concept in the TrekBBS Trek Art forum: Vance (Pixel Sagas) and Aridas were quick to make their own wonderful versions of the Yellowknife. The Titan Fleet Yards used to post a set of impressive artwork on what an Imhotep-class automated warptug might look like; I like Harry Doddema's artwork for Imhotep far more than the TAS ships or the remastered Antares. Doddema took a simple design, vaguely based on the TAS frieghter design, which was resurrected for TOS-R as the Antares and Woden. Doddema broken the link to the ship images, so I don't know if they are available for viewing anymore. The Woden brings me to my question. The "original" Woden was simply recycled footage of the Botany Bay. While I liked the part-submarine, part-rocketship look, the automated Woden never quite made sense. The M-5 automated Enterprise accelerated to Warp 4 to swoop in on the Woden and attack her. This seemed to suggest that the Woden was traveling at Warp speed, and the M-5 required Warp 4 to pull the maneuver. Since the "original" Woden did not appear to have any warp nacelles (and it didn't make sense to fly even automated freighters without warp capability) the whole thing was always a big ??? until TOS was remastered. And we never did get to see what the Astral Queen looked like when "Conscience of the King" was redone. The Sultana model makes sense for Starfleet if the fleet needs to move massive amounts of cargo and/or personnel and they want a ship that can tug two (or more?) big pods to a remote destination at high warp. Would the Sultana also make sense in TOS? What about pre-TOS? Both the Sultana and the Imhotep use the same large, cylindrical pods as FJ's original Ptolemy. But do these pods make sense? If Starfleet wanted a large pod to haul as much "stuff" as possible, I would suspect they would design the pod to be rectangular, like a railroad boxcar or a trailer for an 18-wheeler. Wouldn't that make sense? FJ's Tech Manual seemed to suggest that the Astral Queen was actually a personnel pod, called a "starliner", that looked externally like all the pods tugged by a Ptolemy but be configured like a cruise ship on the inside. This would make a great deal of sense conceptually; groups of colonists could invest in building a pod (simple design) that could serve as a vessel on a voyage to some distant world to be colonized, and pay for passage on a warptug like Ptolemy (or Sultana) or perhaps more efficiently by using an automated warptug like Imhotep. Maybe the Imhotep could be fitted with a forward crew module like Antares, making it a "manned" tug, or maybe just buy a simple automated Imhotep-style tug and keep it to haul personnel and supplies back and forth between the home port and the frontier. Wouldn't Starfleet find Imhotep more useful for establishing colonies, space stations and starbases? Supply lines could be automated and pods could be swapped easily to switch from personnel hauling to cargo hauling. This would also seem a very easy way for Starfleet to haul components for building and repair of ships and new stations, arrays, etc. Comments?