tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Wed Apr 21 09:50:31 1999

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Re: bIrel toQDuj 'oH'a' <Karagga>'e'

On Wed, 21 Apr 1999, SuSvaj wrote:

> >I've been thinking about this 12 officers and men argument. It is true
> >that nothing Sulu said counters this interpretation, but the whole idea
> >behind the line was that with two or three Klingons on the surface,
> >(leaving 9 or 10) on the ship, most of those nine or ten would be needed
> >for the boarding party, leaving Maltz alone on the ship. If there were
> >crewmen as well, Kirk and company would never have been able to take over
> >the ship as easily as he did.
>'re right there.  However, I still don't think Martok's ship is a
> K'Vort class cruiser.  It's too small.  It does have more that 12
> crewmembers though.  The only thing I can think of is that Krug's ship was
> not Brel class, but was some even smaller, earlier version that has since
> been decomissioned.
> SuSvaj

Twelve crewmen seems to me to be the lower limit of a fully functioning
warship, whatever its purpose. A Maquis raider carries about that number,
and in groups is (or rather, was) quite formidable. Additionally, the
ST:DS9 tech manuel (however inaccurate when it come to ships' masses)
states that the B'rel and K'Vort class ships have a "common platform,
scaled up 4.3 times for the K'Vort." That's in keeping with the "12
officers and 36 crew." I can't see a vessel smaller than a bIrel toQDuj
being anything more than a glorified shuttlecraft. (My apologies to the
folks at Antares Shipyards who designed and built the Danube-class


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