Thursday, February 23
USS Eagle, Constitution-Class Starship
Our crew has begun returning to the Enterprise after a few weeks of shore leave (while the ship was docked for repairs in orbit of Bolarus). I, myself, spent most of my time down on the planet, staying in a few hotels, sightseeing, visiting the local Bolian museums. It was an enlightening and awe-inspiring experience. Before this month, I had never been to Bolarus.
One of the museums that I visited while I was on leave, was the orbital Bolarus Space Museum. Their collection of retired starships looks a lot like the ship museums in orbit of Earth, only with a stronger focus on Federation, Bolian and independent vessels.
One of the true gems of the Bolarus Space Museum, though, was the old Constitution-class USS Eagle (NCC-1685) -- as seen in this photograph. I've been aboard the original USS Constitution in orbit of Earth, as well as the old Constitution-class USS Republic (currently assigned to Starfleet Academy), but the Eagle was quite an experience. While she remains a stationary museum ship, she also has an active crew that wears the old Starfleet uniforms, and maintains the ship as if she was still in service over a century ago.
They call it, "living history". It was deeply fascinating.
While I am in love our Galaxy-class USS Enterprise-D, I do have to admit, these old Constitution-class vessels have a special charm that the conveniences of our modern vessels just can't match. It's a rugged, down-to-earth, "we'll make it work" kind of charm. I can only imagine the thrill Starfleet officers like James T. Kirk had serving aboard these beauties. Oh what an experience that must have been!
The USS Eagle herself was launched in 2218, and served in the fleet for 82 years. She's seen a lot of history, explored many star systems, and carried a few diverse crews. She's not the more famous USS Enterprise NCC-1701, but she did serve in the fleet at the same time -- and remained in service for over three decades longer. That's an impressive lifetime, for any starship.
-Lieutenant Sam Archer