Ships of the Line

Stardate, 334639.04

Friday, August 22nd, 2657

Reported by Lt. Brian Hutchinson

Historical Division

Federation of Planets.

Currently serving on the USS Enterprise – NCC 1701 M


For one of the classes on this multi-family exploration Starship, I have been asked for my opinion of the most relevant moments in Federation history involving ships of the line named Enterprise.

I believe I should start at the beginning, which actually starts in 2373, Star Date 50100.2 when the USS Enterprise – NCC 1701-E, commanded by Captain Jean-Luc Picard, follows a Borg sphere into the past to March 2, 2063.

Here the Borg attempted to assimilate Earth before Zephram Cochrane’s first warp drive test that bought about First Contact. With the help of his crew Picard manages to save the future of Earth. I’ve always loved the time travel stories that the Enterprise’s crews and Captains have shared with the Federation readers. The way Picard describes this in his logs the action was fast paced and they saved the Phoenix almost at the last minute, and also destroyed the Borg Queen, but not without some loses in the process.


For the next instance, I will pick the incident at Broken Bow on April 16, 2151. Earth’s first encounter with a Klingon brings about the launch of the very first warp drive ship, the Enterprise NX-01 commanded by Captain Jonathan Archer. Against the wishes of the Vulcan High Command the Enterprise launches with a Vulcan Science Officer and Denoblian doctor. This starts an exciting four year voyage where the tenacious starship Captain and his crew meet Klingon, Romulans, Sulaban, Organisms, Onions, Tholians, and Androrians and save Earth from the misguided Zindi. His voyages alone opened up space for more exploration and laid the foot steps that would eventually lead to the beginning of the Federation. Archer eventually became an Admiral in Star Fleet and served in many more campaigns for peace.


For another one, we should first pay a visit to 1996 and the Eugenics War and the escape of Khan Noonien Singh in a sleeper ship called The Botany Bay. The ship is recovered accidently in 2267, Star Date 3141.9, by Captain James T. Kirk on the USS ENTERPRISE – 1701. Khan and his crew are awakened accidently and eventually commandeer the Enterprise, coming very close to killing Kirk and his crew before Lt. Marla McGivers comes to her senses and rescues Kirk. For reasons only known to Kirk, the crew of the Botany Bay is stranded on Ceti-Alpha 5. The story doesn’t end here.

In 2285, Star Date 8130.3, First Officer Pavel Chekov, formerly of the USS Enterprise, is serving aboard the starship USS Reliant while they search of a lifeless planet for the Genesis Project. When they get a possible glitch in their sensors from Ceti-Alpha 6 they beam down and investigate further, finding Kahn still alive, and very upset. Khan manages to gain control of the Reliant and the Genesis device. He eventually finds Admiral James T. Kirk aboard the training ship USS Enterprise and manages to set off the device, killing Kirk’s best friend, Captain Spock. Soon after the USS Enterprise, NCC-1701 is destroyed by Admiral James T. Kirk. Many things begin at this point which will eventually help stabilize the Federation, including the rebirth of Spock, the saving of Earth (again) and the peace accord with the Klingon Empire.


Which is actually my next little historical note, in 2293 – Stardate 9521.6, Captain Kirk and the new crew of the Enterprise – NCC 1701 A escorts Chancellor Gorkon of the Klingon Empire to a peace conference on Earth. During the voyage Gorkon is assassinated and Kik and McCoy are arrested for murder. The two of them are found guilty then tried on Kronos before being sentenced to the penal asteroid, Rura Pente. After escaping they discovered a conspiracy to undermine the efforts of the peace plan. Once again, Kirk saves Earth. Soon afterwards the Enterprise –A is decommissioned and the higher ranking officers retire.


The last item on my list involves “Q”, a member of a race of beings so advanced even now we know little about them. Q had a habit of interfering with the journeys of the USS Enterprise D under the command of Jean-Luc Picard. During one of these chance meetings in 2365, Star Date 42761.3 the crew is sent into system J25 where they meet the Borg. This is possibly the second time, or third that the Borg has been met since Humans discovered warp drive. But this meeting forced the Borg to seek Humans out and eventually meet the Federation in battle. This was a devastating event for the Federation, but because of their overcoming the Borg presence they had a chance to study their science and technology. This helped a lot in the future exploration of the galaxy and humans were a lot more comfortable going where no man has gone before.

 Be sure to warp over to visit Ellie’s blog fest for the rest of the fest! 




About hutch1957

Brian Hutchinson was born in the cold windy city of Cleveland, Ohio over fifty-three years ago. Soon afterwards he found his roots, actually tripped over a few first, in Cincinnati, Ohio. In school, he quickly took an interest in literature and writing and over the past forty years has tried to improve his talents. His hobbies, or what managed to interest him for a short time, have been photography, ham radio, movies, science fiction and TV. After surviving marriage for 22 years and two kids, he became single again and remarried a year later, inheriting two more kids. In his spare time he enjoys self torture and playing WoW, reading and watching mysteries and scifi. He has had many professions, and has finally settled down as a Security Guard. Now he twitters and writes in his spare time, or while he is at work. (Which is really the same thing.)

Posted on August 22, 2011, in sci fi, Science Fiction, space travel and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 30 Comments.

  1. Well you got me in the mood to watch some ST! Not that I wasn’t already from this fun blogfest, but now you’ve gone and sent me over the top. 🙂
    Fun stuff! I had a cat named Q, after the uber-annoying ST character. 🙂

  2. i never thought to go with the ships, brilliant!

  3. Great post; gotta love Trek history. The whole Khan/Botany Bay storyline was always something I wished they delved deeper into.

  4. I don’t really know if I liked Q all that much. He was an annoying God.

  5. I love your take on this blogfest with the ships. Gotta love the ships.

  6. OMG. What a fascinating post! Thank you for the history lesson.

  7. What a creative post! Thanks.

  8. Terrific post. And Q was a terrific villain. CHeers!

  9. Thanks for the comments all: PK-I’m glad I corrupted you into watching a Star Trek Marathon, I started last month.
    Zombie, glad you liked it, thanks. As always the title and the pics came last.
    Milo – There is a trilogy out there about the Eugenic wars, covers the begining, the wars them self and the time on Ceti Alpha. Great series, I havent found the thrird one yet.
    Mike – yes, he was a smart ass, guess thats why I like him.
    Donna – Thanks, was looking for a shot of The Enterprise A, didnt look hard enough I guess. Bummer.
    Ellie, Isis, Danette, thanks you very much, I am glad you all liked it!

  10. Oh, great photos of the ships! I love them! When I first heard of Q, I found him quite annoying and didn’t really like him. I found him irrelevant. 😛

    Thanks for your post! 🙂

    Can Alex save Winter from the darkness that hunts her?
    YA Paranormal Romance, Darkspell coming fall of 2011!

  11. Loved how you chose episodes, etc … using the different ships. Nice work, Brian.

  12. Thanks Mary, I’ll get to yours soon. My fingers are going numb

  13. Great choices! The ships are really wonderful! 🙂

  14. You are the second person to mention Q. Love Q. Love Q. Glad to see he made a few lists!

    • He made a lot of lists. I’ve always believed he was in the original series too, Trelane – a very young Q? That is why Humans are so fascinating to him. I feel horrible, I cant remember the episode name.

  15. Hello, Hutch! I loved the post. Very imaginative. I love The Wrath of Khan, but have yet to see The Space Seed episode. Pretty pathetic, isn’t it? I need to rectify this error…
    Good to meet you, by the way.


    • Hey Jimmy, thanks Sir. Your love of Wrath of Khan proves it is a great movie, doesn’t need Space Seed to introduce it. Nice to meet you too.

  16. A beautiful post, I love Star Trek, a greeting.

  17. Very cool post. I love your layout.
    That first trip up and over the hull of the Enterprise in Star Trek, The Motion Picture was chilling, absolutely fantastic. Then again in the 2009 version. I could watch it over and over.

  18. Great choices and great twist on the blogfest.

  19. Enjoyed your original presentation of the fest. Nice job.

  20. Great to hear your thoughts in character and in-universe, Lieutenant! (claps!) I agree with all of your relevant moments.

    If you get a chance, check out a fellow writer’s zombie story and help me make him wear an embarrassing shirt next year! It’s the ultimate grudge match between social media and the zombies. Details are here:

    • Thanks Kel, doing this got me in the mood for a Star Trek marathon, love scaring the kids. They hate sci-fi, unless its a video game or anime

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