I thought about naming this post “Ring Around the Starship,” because that’s kind of where this most recent obsessio– – er, project – began….
Genesis of this Project
Around the beginning of May, while browsing the Internet I came upon this intriguing product for sale:
|Sold on Etsy, by “Blue Fire Engraving,” for $35 |
[at the time of this writing [LINK]).
Sold on Etsy, by “Blue Fire Engraving,” for $35 [at the time of this writing [LINK]). I considered purchasing it but hesitated, not just because of the price for another piece of wall art my wife would probably not let me hang in the “public” parts of the house but also because I immediately perceived there to be at least one glaring omission. In Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), a “ships wall” is depicted as part of the recreation deck of the newly refitted U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701. Among a series of ships on that wall was a memorable ship which is absent from the plaque. A quick Internet search confirmed my memory via the article, “Enterprise Lineages on Display,” at the web site Ex Astris Scientia [LINK]. Five pictures depict in sequence:
- A sailing ship.
- An aircraft carrier “of the World War II era.”
- The U.S. Space Shuttle.
- A ship sporting a long central hull with two large rings near the stern, identified in the article as the “XCV 330 … actually based on an early design by Matt Jefferies that could have become the Enterprise NCC-1701.”
- The pre-refit Constitution class U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701.