Based on the standard Starfleet design tree and hull components of the time, the Ptolemy-class replaced the engineering hull of the Constitution-class with a connector at the base of the connecting neck, which could accept a variety of transport containers.
Ships of the classEdit
Background information Edit
Along with these, the Ptolemy-class became one of the very first ever Star Trek role playing game miniatures to be released in 1979 by GameScience for use in the Star Fleet Battles game from Task Force Games. The miniature was reissued in 1984 by the Japanese Tsukuda Hobby for its Star Trek: The Invasion of Klingon Empire game derivative.
According to Star Fleet Technical Manual from which the class is derived, NCC-3801 is the registry of the USS Ptolemy and is also the prototype of the class.
The Ptolemy-class vessel USS Al Rashid (NCC-3802) (β) is featured on the cover of the 2011 novel Declassified, the sixth outing in the Star Trek: Vanguard series. For this representation the cover artist, Doug Drexler, recreated the design as a CGI model.
In the CD-ROM game Star Trek: 25th Anniversary, the USS Enterprise was assigned to recapture a Ptolemy-class Starfleet tug, the USS Masada (NCC-293391) that had been hijacked by Elasi pirates. The ship was described as having a crew of seventeen, captained by Lt. Kevin Keeler.
The Ptolemy-class is also present in the Star Fleet Universe game, in which it serves as part of the Federation's logistical network in peace and war. In Star Fleet Battles Module R8, a scenario is presented in which Ptolemy herself is tasked with transporting the crippled vessel Star Tiger out of danger in the early part of the General War.