Was the Enterprise A actually the Yorktown?

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  1. Avro Arrow

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    Because the ship was still present at the base, and 100% complete is still a status? Presumably the portmaster would still need to know what ships were physically present, even if no further work on them is required. (Besides, when you're doing project planning IRL, when you finish a task, you mark it as complete on the plan, you don't just remove it! ;))

    To be fair, going to the club probably isn't going to be one of his highest priorities! ;)

    I'm taking the following from the episode transcript at chakoteya.net, since I don't remember the dialogue from the episode well enough from memory.

    From the dialogue, we don't really know how long Enterprise has been at the starbase. Kirk's intro log entry mentions that a full report of damages was made to Commodore Stone, but that seems to be a previous meeting, since the purpose of this meeting seems to be to review Kirk's deposition, which was probably taken earlier by a JAG officer at the base. Stone reassigns a repair crew while he's waiting for Kirk, but nothing says this is the first crew assigned to Enterprise. There could already be personnel working on Enterprise, and Stone added section 18 in to help. So we don't know how long they've been there, and there could already have been repairs in progress by the time the episode starts.

    And I'm not sure where the "three to four days" comes from. The only time I found an estimate was when Kirk mentioned in the bar that repairs would take a "couple of days".

    (OT: I know trying to make sense of TOS stardates is a fool's errand, but here's how things seem to go according to the stardate references in the episode:

    2945.7 - Finney dies
    2947.3 - initial log entry
    2948.5 - full repairs in progress
    2948.9 - repairs almost complete
    The repairs aren't mentioned after this, but there are two more log entries during the trial at 2949.9 and 2950.1.)

    I actually like this theory, but unfortunately it doesn't mesh well with the "% Complete" header. ("% Operational" or something would fit better.) Your theory also has the advantage of being a more meaningful graphic. For example, using this theory, you can see right away that, say, 1701 is in better condition than 1703. "% Complete" suffers as a meaningful chart because you don't know how long the repairs are estimated to take. So if 1701 is at 83%, but her repairs are scheduled to take two days in total, she's a lot further from completion than 1703, which is only at 51%, but whose repairs are only scheduled to take, say, four hours.

    Or maybe I shouldn't be analyzing set decoration too closely! :lol:

    That's what happens when you don't have Jim Kirk in command! ;)

    Well, of course we never saw any other ship types (or plaques of said ship types) in TOS itself. By the movie/TNG era, for the lead ship it looks like they used the text "First starship of her class" instead.

    Excelsior
    Defiant
    Prometheus

    I can't remember any other lead ships we might have seen, off the top of my head...
     
  2. Robert Comsol

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    Yes, I think that's what we are dealing with. It is a late thought but I can't help but notice that D.C. Fontana talked about the "12 ships of the starship class" (as if there were only 12 starships) and Bob Justman replied by referring to the 12 ships of the "Enterprise Starship Class" (i.e, there are more than 12 starships but only twelve of the Enterprise Class).

    If only Greg Jein had considered this accurately in his treatise, he might have been aware that the starships beginning with "16" on the starship status chart had to belong to a different and older class. :rolleyes:

    @ Praetor

    Yes, although the "health meter" idea seems unorthodox I think it would be an adequate rationalization - and a better one than the "repair status" concept (hmm...why does it say "starship status chart" and not "repair status chart"...?)

    @ AvroArrow

    Captain's Log, Stardate 2947.3. We have been through a severe ion storm. One crewman is dead. Ship's damage is considerable. I have ordered a non-scheduled layover on Starbase Eleven for repairs. A full report of damages was made to the commanding officer of Starbase Eleven, Commodore Stone.

    Theoretically he could have already been at the starbase for several days, but then it's rather odd and unusual that it takes that long before he finally reads the report three times in Stone's office and laments about the death of a crewman (it didn't take him that long to talk about this?).

    Again, the context looks rather clear. The ship has been damaged, requires immediate assistance, arrived at Starbase 11, Kirk delivered his report (re-read it three times to make sure he didn't overlook damage) and prompted Stone to re-assign a team to the unscheduled Enterprise because it had priority to carry on with whatever mission she had at the time.

    Captain's Log, Stardate 2948.5. Starship Enterprise remains in orbit around Starbase Eleven. Full repairs in progress. I've been ordered to stand by on Starbase Eleven until the inquiry into the death of Lieutenant Commander Finney can be conducted. I'm confident of the outcome.

    Now - and not before - "full repairs are in progress". Kirk is visiting the starbase club and tells his friends that the Enterprise is laying over for repairs and for a "couple of days". He can't possibly tell how long that's going to take but apparently he estimates more than just two days. YMMV. :)

    Bob
     
  3. Praetor

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    Well, both the Excelsior and Defiant say "First Starship of Her Class" but given that both of these are a different style from the TOS style plaque, I don't consider this an invalidation of the other theory.

    Besides, you can hack that up and make it "(First) Starship (of her) Class." :p

    Well, "starship status chart" is one of the reasons that pointed to overall health rather than repair progress, IMO. ;)
     
  4. BK613

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    I disagree with this assessment. The report that Kirk is signing is not a damage report, it is a formal statement (sworn deposition) on the circumstances of Ben Finney's death. According to the log entry, the damage report has already been made (notice the past tense.) My timeline would be:
    -Ion storm
    -Assess damages/search for Finney
    -Order the layover
    -Send the report
    -Arrive/begin repairs (Kirk would have seen to this first IMO)
    -Deposition and log extract.
    All you can say though is that at 2948.5 "full repairs [are] in progress." They could have been in progress from the moment Kirk made the previous log entry and this log entry would be the same (assuming that they were still in progress).
     
  5. BK613

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    If you are talking about displaying a summary of the progress of work related to the maintenance and repair of starships, I suppose you could call it Star Ship Maintenance and Repair Progress Summary. Or if maintenance and repair are implied by what you do and the chart is clearly a progress chart, then Star Ship Status would suffice, IMO.

    Besides how would you quantify a starship's health and what use would that data set be to Stone?
     
  6. Robert Comsol

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    2945.7 - Finney dies (1.6 digits to >)
    2947.3 - initial log entry / starship status chart shows NCC-1701 to be 83% complete (1.2 digits to >)
    2948.5 - full repairs in progress / "couple of days" (0.4 digits to >)
    2948.9 - repairs almost complete

    Even if we were to assume that the ion storm took place in the same system as Starbase 11, interpreting this as a repair status chart would mean that

    • it took the original repair crew only 1.6 digits to do 83% of the necessary repairs, but with the "help" of the extra crew
    • it took them the same amount of time (1.6 digits) just to get the "final" repairs / 13% done!
    Maybe that's why Stone is no longer in command of a starship. :rofl:

    And what was Spock doing all these days (?) with the computer logs? His arrival in Stone's office clearly shows he's late and was expected. This has all the elements of a ship that has just arrived, but not one that's already harbored at Starbase 11 for a couple of days.

    Bob
     
  7. BK613

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    we disagree on when the 2947.3 log entry occurs. I see it happening before Kirk meets Stone, you seem to see it as concurrent. I also don't see this meeting as the first thing Kirk (or Stone) would attend to upon the Enterprise's arrival. Getting his ship's assets back in the field would be the priority. The formal meeting over Finney's death would come after, once repair work was under way. Not saying it was days but I don't see it as immediate either.
    Presupposes that the chart progress reflects a time element. There are other, more likely measurements, such as milestones or number of tasks/jobs.
    late for the meeting
     
  8. Praetor

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    I think you could quantify it easily enough - but your latter point is a good one. I mean, I guess if his crews were repairing, then he'd care how "healthy" the ships were, but seeing how done the list of repairs were is a bit more straightforward. :rommie:
     
  9. blssdwlf

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    Hmmm, That could be a good alternative. I'll have to include that as an option to my answers for what class is the TOS Enterprise? :D
     
  10. Robert Comsol

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    Maybe "U.S.S. Enterprise - Starship Class" was just too concise and therefore they felt it to be necessary to be more specific in later dedication plaques. ;)

    I just rewatched the opening scene of "Court Martial" (TOS without R) and we see the Enterprise just arriving or orbiting but without any repairs being done on her.

    I still advocate the "upgrade" interpretation, especially since there is evidence that upgrades were performed (i.e. Stone realized Enterprise needed an upgrade in addition to the repairs).

    Here is the Deck 7 Engineering Control Room from "The Naked Time". Notice that there are only two horizontal tubes behind the grating in the "cathedral".

    Here is the Deck 7 Engineering Control Room from "Court Martial". You will notice that now there are three horizontal tubes behind the grating.

    Since this upgrade is obvious, there is no reason to doubt that Stone was looking at an upgrade status chart and the still to perform upgrades on the Enterprise were not yet "complete". :)

    Bob
     
  11. Mytran

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    Upgrade or just repairs?

    *******
    Starbase repair staff enter the Engine Room. One counts the horizontal tubes behind the mesh and begins sucking his teeth.
    Repairman: Blimey, would you look at that - the entire engine block - the WHOLE THING has dropped a clear foot! How did you not notice?
    Scott: How dare you! Ma poor wee bairns are treated with love and kind-
    Repairman: Never mind, Welshie. We'll fix it, BRING IN THE CRANE!!!
    *******
     
  12. Mytran

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    I am reminded of Janeway's comment in Fair Haven when she commented on how authentic the recreation was of the "Irish" village.

    Or the mixup with "historical items" in Squire of Gothos?

    Yes, Starfleeters are not the history buffs they often pretend to be. :lol:
     
  13. B.J.

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    No, not so obvious. The two pictures are taken from two different angles, and you can't see in the first one that the third tube isn't there. Is there another picture that shows the absence of the third tube?

    That first picture really makes the forced perspective construction really obvious, though!
     
  14. Praetor

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    Part of the reason I find this explanation so advantageous is that it mirrors the reality of the CVN-65, which bore some great resemblances to the Nimitz class but was in fact her own class. And since we know the Starship Enterprise was more or less named for her...

    I think that explanation totally works.

    Ah, now I see what you mean - you mean that it was likely many of the changes that we see in the sets were done at this particular instance?
     
  15. B.J.

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    ^ The original Enterprise was named for CV-6, not CVN-65.
     
  16. Robert Comsol

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    They redressed the engine room in "The Conscience of the King" obviously to pass it as a different engine room (my guess: warp engine room). Part of the alteration was the addition of the third pipe they didn't remove when they shot the Engineering Control Room again for "Court-Martial". For the Season One engine room changes look here.

    But "in-universe" it looks like an upgrade that could have been performed at Starbase 11 while simultaneously doing the repairs.
    I can't imagine Kirk just turning the Enterprise in for an upgrade. It's probably standard procedure if a starship arrives for unscheduled but necessary repairs, that you seize the opportunity to also do any upgrades that might be required. :)

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  17. Albertese

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    Oh? I always thought it was CVN-65, which was just a couple years old when "The Cage" was made and represented the latest and greatest of USN technology. Wherewas it said that it was named for CV-6?

    --Alex
     
  18. Robert Comsol

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    USS Enterprise (Yorktown Class) World War II is CV-6, USS Enterprise (Enterprise Class) post-WW II is CVN-65. ;)

    Bob
     
  19. Mytran

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    Since the horizontal tubes are pretty much flush against the grating, different angles really wouldn't make that much difference. However, since you asked:

    http://tos.trekcore.com/hd/albums/1x05hd/theenemywithinhd455.jpg
    http://tos.trekcore.com/hd/albums/1x04hd/thenakedtimehd0727.jpg

    It's not as if the third tube is merely peeking through in this shot, either:
    http://tos.trekcore.com/hd/albums/1x20hd/courtmartialhd719.jpg
    There is an additional gap about as wide as a 4th pipe!

    Finally, I hope this pic shows the horizontal pipes' close proximity to the mesh:
    http://tos.trekcore.com/hd/albums/1x22hd/spaceseedhd790.jpg
     
  20. B.J.

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    The Making of Star Trek, and several other sources. (The other sources may have been referencing TMoST, though.) If I remember right, CVN-65 may have been the latest and greatest at the time, but CV-6 had quite the illustrious history behind it.
     

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