In The Bounty on Star Trek: Picard, Admiral Picard leads the skeleton crew of the USS Titan-A to Athan Prime where the Fleet Museum orbits the planet. This museum is actually the old Spacedock that will be quite familiar to Star Trek fans.
This Article Has Been Updated With New Information From Dave Blass!
The old Spacedock was seen in some of the movies with Admiral/Captain Kirk and crew. One of the most memorable moments is when Kirk, Scotty, Chekov, and McCoy steal the Enterprise from Spacedock and the Excelsior, under the command of Captain Styles, attempts to pursue. Of course, Scotty has already made sure the Excelsior and its trans warp drive will not be able to pursue their escape and the rest goes down in history.
The old Spacedock isn’t the only piece of history to be found at the Fleet Museum. Around the outside of the Spacedock, historic ships can be seen berthed in docking rings. There are some very recognizable ships and some not so recognizable. Below is a look at the ships of the Fleet Museum which commanded by Commodore Georgi LaForge.
Dave Blass shared on Twitter a top-view look at the Fleet Museum that helps showcase the ships found at the old Spacedock.
Here are the main ships seen at the Starfleet Museum as seen in The Bounty on Star Trek: Picard:
Star Trek fans will recognize the Defiant from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. The Defiant was a prototype warship that was sent to Deep Space Nine to fight in the Dominion War. The original Defiant NX-74205 was destroyed during the Dominion War in season 7 of the series. It was replaced by the identical USS São Paulo that was renamed to also be the Defiant NCC-75633. During its time at Deep Space Nine, it was commanded by Captain Benjamin Sisko. Later, Worf commanded the Defiant as it fought against the Borg in Star Trek: First Contact. Most recently it was seen in Star Trek: Prodigy during its season 1 finale Supernova. A Constitution Class ship of the same name was first seen in Star Trek: The Original Series and then later in the Mirror Universe in Star Trek: Enterprise.
USS New Jersey
There isn’t much known about the USS New Jersey NCC-1975. This is the first time that it appears in Star Trek. It is a Constitution Class starship and its name and registry are a reference to Star Trek: Picard Season 3 showrunner Terry Matalas who was born in New Jersey in 1975.
The USS Enterprise NCC 1701-A is also seen at the Fleet Museum. This is the ship that was captained by Captain Kirk that was first seen after Kirk and company rescued Earth from a probe that was seeking out the extinct Humpback Whales (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home). This ship would spend its career under the command of Kirk and was last seen battling General Chang and his Klingon Bird of Prey that could fire while cloaked in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Shortly after the events that took place on Khitomer and the peace treaty that was signed, thanks to the effort of Captain Kirk and his crew with the assistance of Captain Sulu and the crew of the Excelsior, the USS Enterprise-A was decommissioned. It now can be found at the Fleet Museum.
This Enterprise was the second ship to bear this name that Kirk commanded. The original was seen in Star Trek: The Original Series. After undergoing a refit, it was seen in the first three Star Trek movies. It was destroyed in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.
The USS Voyager NCC-74656 is an Intrepid Class starship that was under the command of Captain Janeway, who now is an Admiral by the time of the events of Star Trek: Picard. In this episode, Seven of Nine says to Jack Crusher, “The USS Voyager. She made her name farther out than…any of those other relics had ever gone. I was reborn there. She was my home. Her crew were my family.” This was the first ship in Starfleet to explore the Delta Quadrant, even if that wasn’t the intended mission. It spent seven years trying to return from its unexpected trip to the Delta Quadrant to Federation Space. Along the way, it continued the mission of Starfleet exploration. It also had a mixed crew after the events that sent it to the Delta Quadrant left two crews with one ship and not a full crew. In the Delta Quadrant, Voyager added to its crew. This included a guide named Neelix and eventually a former Borg named Seven of Nine.
The HMS Bounty was the Klingon Bird of Prey that is a B’rel-class ship. This ship first appeared during the events of Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. Admiral Kirk stole it and then used it to return Spock to Vulcan where is Katra was reunited with his body. The ship was then used to return to Earth, albeit with a brief detour through time and to pick up some whales to save the planet, before being crashed into San Francisco Bay. It then sank to the bottom of the ocean before being recovered eventually and then brought to the Fleet Museum.
USS Enterprise NX-01
The Enterprise NX-01 is the refit of the original starship named Enterprise. This ship was originally commanded by Captain Archer. It was the first of its kind and the first Earth vessel with a Warp 5 capable warp engine. It played an important role in promoting United Earth’s role in interstellar politics and helped lay the foundation for the United Federation of Planets.
The USS Excelsior NCC-2000 is found during the episode The Bounty and also in the Fleet Museum manifest during the credits of Star Trek: Picard. This ship was the first of its class, it was known as the “great experiment.” This was because it was to have been the first ship in Starfleet with a TransWarp drive. However, Scotty sabotaged the drive in order to help the Enterprise under the command of Admiral Kirk escape to return to Genesis to get Spock’s body and reunite it with its Katra on Vulcan. Eventually, the Excelsior would be commanded by Captain Sulu. It would go on a three-year mission cataloguing gaseous anomalies before monitoring the destruction of Praxis. It would then go on to aid the Enterprise-A in a battle against a rogue Klingon Bird of Prey commanded by General Chang. By aiding the Enterprise in destroying the Bird of Prey, the Excelsior helped lead the Klingons and Federation into an era of peace.
It is only appropriate that the USS Stargazer NCC-2893 would appear at the Fleet Museum in a series that focuses on Jean-Luc Picard. Picard served as a bridge officer on the ship. After the captain was killed, Picard took command of the vessel and situation. He handled things so well that Starfleet made him the permanent captain. He continued to command the Stargazer for 22 years.
Chancellor Gorkon’s ship, Kronos One is the Klingon K’t’inga-class Battlecruiser that is seen in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. The ship was fired upon with two photo torpedoes that disabled it. Then two assassins boarded the ship and killed crew members and also Chancellor Gorkon.
While these are the most notable ships seen at the Fleet Museum. There were multiple other ships that could be briefly seen docked at the old Spacedock. Presumably, more are also docked inside the Spacedock as well. From what could be seen during The Bounty, it appeared that the following other ships could be seen as well at the Fleet Museum. Many of these were confirmed by Blass:
The USS Sentinel NCC-68455 was an Akira-class starship that was seen in Deep Space 9. This ship had an extra graviton stabilizer which Nog orchestrated a complicated trade that brought the graviton stabilizer to the USS Defiant and a phaser emitter to the Sentinel from the USS Musashi.
This version of the USS Saratoga is a salvaged ship that was restored for the display at Fleet Museum. It is seen as USS Saratoga NCC-31911 which was destroyed by the Borg at Wolf 359. However, it features the USS Saratoga NCC-1887. The ship has restored elements of both eras of Miranda class starships.
The USS Lexington NCC-30405 was commanded at one point by Captain Wil Thoms. It is a Nebula class starship. In 2365 it was on a mission of planetary exploration. It would later be sent on an interstellar charting mission. In 2373 it fought against the Borg at the Battle of Sector 001 (as seen in Star Trek: First Contact) before it was retired and then sent to the Fleet Museum.
The USS Argo NCC-61357 is a Sabre class starship. This ship is on the lower ring of the Fleet Museum.
The USS Pioneer NCC-1500 is a Pioneer class starship found at the Fleet Museum. According to Dave Blass, the ship is undergoing repairs.
Romulan Bird of Prey
Also on display at the Fleet Museum is a Romulan Bird of Prey. This is much like is seen in Star Trek: The Original Series when the world first saw Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise face off against the Romulans. This kind of ship was in the military service of the Romulan Star Empire during the 23rd century. Some of these ships continued to be used into the 24th century.
The USS Wersching NCC-63328 is an Akira class starship that was on display at the Fleet Museum in the place normally occupied by the USS Pioneer. This information was shared by Dave Blass.
Technically not on display, the USS Titan NCC-80102 can be found at the Fleet Museum during the Star Trek: Picard episode The Bounty. It moors at the old Spacedock while Admiral Picard attempts to enlist Commodore Geordi LaForge’s help against Captain Vadic and the Changeling threat. Obviously, this is the only ship that is no longer at the Fleet Museum as the episode ends. However, after the events of season 3 of Star Trek: Picard, it is very possible that the Titan will end up at the Fleet Museum someday.
What did you think of this episode of Star Trek: Picard and all the ships found at the Fleet Museum at Athan Prime? Which ship at the Fleet Museum was your favorite? Were there any you saw that we missed? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!