I've separated the TOS Yorktown and the Star Trek IV Yorktown into separate sections -- I'm not trying to imply they were definitely different vessels, i'm simply leaving it up to the reader to take each entry individually, with accompanying background notes, and draw their own conclusions, since there is so little information and so much speculation about the issue, relating to the confusion over the canonicity of Roddenberry's comments. -- Captain Mike K. Bartel 06:45, 17 Feb 2005 (GMT)

  • I disagree with the current set up. Lacking a canon cite, we should keep the two under one header with a background note explaining the opinion of some fans. Jaf 14:48, 24 January 2006 (UTC)jaf
    • WEll, rearranging it may prove difficult, as every attempt to do so has removed the bulk of my observations and info added, and added a number of non-canon speculations. Rearranging the article is not an excuse for remving the information that has been added without explaining why.
    • If any attempt to do so was made, i'd have to stress that removing the text explaining that each decade's Yorktown may not be the same ship previously or concurrently mentione -- basically, if we state they were all the same ship, we are speculating and could be wrong, but if we specify they are all different ships, we are speculating and may be wrong. -- Captain Mike K. Barteltalk 14:59, 24 January 2006 (UTC)
  • I was refering to Roddenberry's comments lacking a cite, not being a cite really. I should have been more clear. Either way your comments should be kept if assuming community consensus. Jaf 15:14, 24 January 2006 (UTC)Jaf

Something for logicians Edit

There is no evidence to deny that this vessel is not the same...

Maybe someone could make a sentence of this which may be understood easier?


I reverted an IP edit -- the user removed all the relevant links from the "background" paragraphs, and associated a registry number with several of the subsections.

Please discuss this change, as there are some possible changes in sentence structure (see above) -- but other than that, i think the information is valid as it stands now. (the registry needs to have a source in an episode or movie before it can be added here). -- Captain Mike K. Barteltalk 19:35, 13 Jan 2006 (UTC)

I've looked into the matter further, and cannot find any credence to the "NCC-1717" registry -- was it used in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home or Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Otherwise, it is a product of Jein and Okuda's publications, and cannot be considered canon at face value. Anyone know anything further, keeping our content policy in mind? -- Captain Mike K. Barteltalk
Much to my dislike a lot of Okuda-Jein numbers which have no basis in any canon work have entered this database when the ship personnel lists were outsourced. Though one might argue and draw from Jein's speculation to associate Exeter and Excalibur with the numbers 1672 and 1664, the same procedure was used for Farragut even though the number 1647 did neither appear on the Starbase 11 chart nor the TUC list. If Andrew Stiles may no longer be named Andrew, then why should these registries be canon? (Note: It is also an often ignored fact when citing the Jein article, that he assigned the 16xx vessels to another class than Constitution!) -- Kobi - (Talk) 20:05, 13 Jan 2006 (UTC)

Yorktown speculation Edit

Anyone else think the speculation as to the naming scheme of this ship is getting a little out of hand, given the recently added paragraph? At least some of the speculation already there can be backed up with the Tech Manual and Roddenberry's comments, but that doesn't seem to be the case with this new paragraph.--31dot 23:33, 3 February 2009 (UTC)

Which one? The drunken writer bit? :) -- sulfur 23:44, 3 February 2009 (UTC)
It's all speculation. Except for Sulfur's statement. :) Delete it all...none of it is canon :) — Morder 23:46, 3 February 2009 (UTC)

LOL. If only that were true, Sulfur.--31dot 23:48, 3 February 2009 (UTC)

If we don't know what the ship was named for, don't add it. What isn't backed up by references (i.e. Tech Manuals, etc.) should be removed. --From Andoria with Love 23:47, 3 February 2009 (UTC)

Moving speculation here for the record(sorry Sulfur ;) ):

If the NCC-1701-A was refit from a ship from the TOS era, that would mean that the Yorktown was renamed after over 20 years of service – a seemingly disrespectful violation of starship naming parlance. However, if the Yorktown Roddenberry spoke of was a brand new ship, then why would it have been decommissioned only seven years later in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country? Scrapping a relatively new cruiser seems like a waste.
A third possibility is that the Yorktown Roddenberry meant was neither aged nor young: Presuming the TOS Yorktown long-since retired, it could've been replaced by a Constitution ship of the movie-era several years hence. This would mean considering the TOS-era ship and the 2280s ship as two separate incarnations.
A fourth, closely related, possibility is that the original Yorktown, after being refit in the early 2270s, was retired in the early 2280s along with most of the other refit Constitution-class ships in preparation for the launch of the new Excelsior and Constellation classes. The refit Yorktown would have been replaced by a new (Miranda- or Constellation-class ?) ship. When two operational vessels (first the Reliant, then the Grissom) were lost in 2285, Starfleet would have needed a short-term replacement until new vessels could be constructed. The original Yorktown would have been pulled out of mothballs to fill this short-term role, but since there was already a new Yorktown in service (seen in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home), a new name would have been needed for the original vessel. Because the original Enterprise had been destroyed over Genesis, and its Excelsior-class replacement (NCC-20XX) was still seven years away, the original Yorktown was renamed Enterprise NCC-1701A. In spacedock, the then-building Excelsior-class Enterprise would have been renumbered NCC-1701B. This possibility allows the original Yorktown to be renamed without any disrespect to the crew that suffered the probe-induced power loss in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (i.e., why would admiralty take a starship away from the captain who just saved his entire crew after its encounter with the whale probe, and give it to an officer who'd been demoted for insubordination?). It also allows that the Enterprise-A would have been a 40 year old vessel pressed back into service on a temporary basis, and that Tuvok's father would have served aboard the newer Yorktown.
A fifth possibility is that one of the writers totally missed something along the way, and, in trying to account for fan fiction in his drunken state, screwed up.
If the Yorktown was indeed renamed as the Enterprise-A, then Tuvok's father's ship must be a different Yorktown. However, if you disregard Roddenberry's behind-the-scenes commentary, there is no on-screen evidence that contradicts the three 23rd century mentions of the Yorktown name all being the same vessel.

Happy? --31dot 01:13, 4 February 2009 (UTC)