constitution class

In 1982, Gregory Watson was a sophomore at the University of Texas, and he opted to write a term paper about constitutional amendments for a class. As part of his research, Watson discovered that an amendment proposed way back in 1789 limited congresspeople’s ability to raise their own salary. But it had never been ratified, partly because it had been more or less forgotten about, and partly because Congress likes money.

Watson wrote his paper about the proposed amendment, noting that nobody had ever put a time limit on it, so technically, after nearly two centuries, it could still be ratified. The class TA gave him a C, insisting that nobody cared about an obscure old amendment proposal about congressional salaries and that the idea that it could still be ratified was crazy, no matter how much “evidence” he dug up. Watson appealed to his professor, who told him the same thing.

Now, a C grade is the kind of mark most of us aspire to see one day, but Watson took it as an insult. There was only one way to prove that he was right, and that was to ratify the hell out of that amendment.

The 5 Most Satisfying ‘Told You So’ Moments Of All Time


September 2015 Ships of the Line calendar.  Starfleet tugs “cleaning up” after Wolf 359 by Andrew Probert.

The top 3 images are details: 1. A tug strapping in a damaged Nova-class saucer; 2. A close-up of the tug “Annie” with Sphinx shuttles rescuing lifeboats and a type-7 shuttle launching; and 3. a tug towing a derelict Constitution-class saucer. 

The fourth image shows Probert posing with the piece, and the last is all the images stitched together.

It is interesting that there is a Nova-class saucer there, as well as escape pods of the Sovereign or Akira type…  I suppose we have to conclude that those classes were at least in development as of Wolf 359. 


Cutaways of the bridge of the original and refitted Constitution Class USS Enterprise ….

1. USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) c.2254 - TOS pilot “The Cage”
2. USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) c.2265 - TOS era
3. USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) c.2271 - Star Trek: TMP
4. USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) c.2285 - Star Trek II, Star Trek III
5. USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A) c.2286 - Star Trek IV - I would assume still the colour scheme of the USS Yorktown ….
6. USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A) c.2287 - Star Trek V
7. USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A) c. 2293 - Star Trek VI


A couple of shots of the shattered Constitution Class USS Constellation (NCC-1017), from the remastered version of the TOS episode ‘The Doomsday Machine’.

I realise the real reason they gave the Constellation the registry number of 1017 … a simple re-working of 1701. But this is an example of why I find the registry system so frustrating. Surely, with a low number as 1017, the Constellation is named after another ship. So, why isn’t it the 1017-A, or 1017-B?


Commissioning- Decommission 


In the 23rd century, in 2245 the Constitution-class, was commissioned by the Federations Starfleet. The vessel registered NCC-1701, constructed in San Francisco, was christened the Enterprise. (Larry Marvick) was the designer of the Enterprise (Dr. Richard Daystrom) designed the computer systems, and Captain Robert April oversaw construction of her components, then commanded her during her trial runs and early missions. Sarah April served as the chief medical officer and designed several tools for the ship’s sickbay. Captain Christopher Pike commanded the Enterprise from the early 2250s into the 2260s. His missions included voyages to the Rigel, Vega, and Talos systems. Pike’s half-Vulcan science officer, Spock, who served under him for over eleven years, ultimately became the starship’s longest-serving officer. In 2265, the Enterprise was assigned to a five-year mission of deep-space exploration, and command passed to James T. Kirk. The ship’s primary goal during this mission was to seek out and contact alien life. At the end of its five-year mission, the Enterprise returned to Earth in 2270. Following its success, the ship had become a recognized symbol of Starfleet and the Federation. By the 2070’s the Enterprise had served over 25 years. And the refit of the Enterprise took place under the command of Captain Decker. Assisted by chief engineer Commander Montgomery Scott. Upon the Enterprise returning to Earth, in 2285, Admiral Harry Morrow announced that the starship, at that point forty years old, would be decommissioned. When Morrow denied Kirk permission to return to the Mutara sector, Kirk and senior officers stole the Enterprise from Earth Spacedock, The Enterprise was destroyed over the Genesis Planet in 2285, when Kirk activated the ship’s auto-destruct sequence to prevent the Enterprise from falling into the hands of the Klingons.