Winston's trading vessel was a small one-man civilian starship registered to Carter Winston, a Federation space trader.

In 2264, Carter embarked on his final trip; his ship became disabled and he crashed on Vendor, where he later died.

In 2269, a distress call from the ship was received by USS Enterprise after having apparently fallen victim to a meteor swarm. Aboard it was a Romulan spy, a Vendorian posing as Winston.

The ship was stowed in the Enterprise's shuttlebay, where James T. Kirk explained to "Winston" that he was "afraid it's pretty badly damaged...hardly worth salvaging right now." Kirk even had Montgomery Scott examine it, and Scott agreed, stating in his report that "he doesn't think there's anything left in your ship except scrap value." (TAS: "The Survivor")

The script (dated 9 July 1973) describes it thus: "The one-man ship hangs motionless in space. Its rear section has been torn away and is bent completely out of position. In addition, numerous holes are evident in the vessel."
A much earlier, undated, version of the script the dialog describes the ship as: "Class Seven. Combination passenger-cargo vessel. From the Lectra solar system. Used primarily by the private entrepreneurs. No Weapons."
The design for Winston's trading vessel bears a passing resemblance to an unknown shuttle type that later appeared in "Mudd's Passion".
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