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The USS Cantabrian (NCC-24705) was an Excelsior-class starship. From 2369 until 2373, her commanding officer was Captain Noah Wrightson.

Previous Earth navy ships[]

The name USS Cantabrian was derived from:

Both ships served the New Zealand navy for many years in peacekeeping roles.

Starship history[]

Between 2314 and 2368[]

The USS Cantabrian replaced the Constitution (Enterprise refit)-class USS Cantabrian (NCC-607). Commissioned on 6 February, 2314, the first commanding officer of this Cantabrian was Captain Thekla Lawless.

In 2315, the Cantabrian crew made first contact with the Kaartali, who were so impressed with Lawless that, on several occasions, they specifically requested the Cantabrian in their dealings with the Federation.

Captain Lawless retired in 2330, leaving the Cantabrian after 16 years. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "The Fire In Which We Burn")

Captain Jack Annand took over from Lawless in the same year, claiming he had "big shoes to fill". He successfully commanded the Cantabrian until he mysteriously disappeared in 2341. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "The Stars Fill The Sky, So In Love With You Am I")

Acting-captain Miriana Kahu briefly commanded the Cantabrian until a permanent replacement could be found; she acted as caretaker of the ship during 2341, until replacement Captain Tomomi Tanaka was given command of the Cantabrian at the beginning of 2342.

Captain Josiah Mwangi took over from Tanaka in 2347 and served as the Cantabrian's commanding officer until 2361, when Captain Kenzal, the Cantabrian's only non-human commanding officer, guided the Cantabrian as CO until 2368. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "The Stars Fill The Sky, So In Love With You Am I")


Dedication Plaque

In 2369, Captain Noah Wrightson took command of the USS Cantabrian, with Lieutenant Ulitania Jonar acting as Chief of security and Leslie Hernandez as Counselor; Wrightson was the Cantabrian's seventh commanding officer.

In the same year, Wrightson and Jonar were captured by the Zmakians but escaped. When facing the threat of the Cantabrian's superior firepower, the Zmakians backed off. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Isolation")

Sometime shortly thereafter, in a tense stand-off with the Wthaure, a subspace weapon detonated, severely damaging both the Wthaure battle cruiser and the Cantabrian.

Starfleet Command decided to refit the Cantabrian. Based at Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards, the Starfleet Corps of Engineers added several experimental technologies, including launch bays for two scout ships and the HOLIE holographic system, and, in 2372, the Cantabrian was relaunched with Captain Noah Wrightson at the helm. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Catalyst, Part One")

See "Stranger Than Fiction" notes below about the Cantabrian's fate in an alternate 2373.


Nearly two-fifths of the Cantabrian crew were presumed killed when the Myhr'an destroyed Starbase Expanse 4, where the crew members were awaiting transfer. An additional 45 were killed (3 on the SE3, 42 aboard the ship) in a fight with three Myhr'an battle cruisers near Starbase Expanse 3. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Catalyst, Part One")

The Cantabrian worked with several other Starfleet vessels in confronting the Myhr'an planet killer and other Myhr'an vessels, damaging the ship and placing the isolation bays out of service. The HOLIE system was rendered inoperative during this battle as well and later removed. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Catalyst, Part One", "Catalyst, Part Two", "Breaking Benjamin", "Isolation")

Critical repairs were undertaken at Starbase Expanse 7, although fewer critical repairs were left due to the Cantabrian needing to investigate reports of survivors being held at a Myhr'an internment camp in the Rhinessa system. A battle with three Myhr'an battle cruisers there left the Cantabrian with minor damage. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Two Hit, One Stone")

Through the Cantabrian, Federation scientists discovered standard shields offered little protection against Treaty Killer and Renai'i transporter beams, as both races seemed to have the ability to transport through them. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "White Flag", "The Eagle")

In a showdown with the Myhr'an super battle cruiser, the Cantabrian took on moderate damage. Eventually triumphant against the Myhr'an, the ship limped to Deep Space 4 for extensive repairs. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Deceptions", "Repercussions")


USS Cantabrian in deep space

Months into 2373, the Cantabrian was space-worthy again, with an updated bridge amongst other modifications. Its first mission was to investigate reports of a mysterious dark starship, the latest victim being a runabout Elizabeth Singh was on. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Stranger Than Fiction")

While tracking Samantha Delaney and her Dark Starship, the Cantabrian discovered the crashed saucer section of the USS Cartwright, assumed lost in 2360 during the Federation-Tzenkethi War. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Bitter Sweet")

Throughout most of 2373, the Cantabrian played a cat-and-mouse game with the Dark Starship. While the Cantabrian was, in most cases, unable to cause significant damage to the Dark Starship due to temporal flux, she was successful in sustaining light to moderate damage and escape the Dark Starship's temporal weapon. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Best Served Cold", "Homeland", "By All Means Necessary")

Later in the year, Starfleet Command assigned the Cantabrian to pick-up the Kaartali delegation from their home planet. With Captain Noah Wrightson, second officer Antonio Fernandes and flight controller Tawana Jonar missing, the Cantabrian conducted various sweeps to try to find the lost shuttlecraft. Right before the Cantabrian left to return to the course to Earth, the shuttlecraft was discovered. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "The Fire In Which We Burn")

Near the end of the year, the Cantabrian led a small Starfleet fleet against Delaney's Dark Starship, pushing towards Earth. In a bold move, Wrightson ordered the Cantabrian to stop Delaney at any cost, and the ship was severely damaged in the process. The crew abandoned the stardrive section, detaching the saucer section to escape. The Cantabrian's stardrive section suffered a warp core breach, destroying it. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "By All Means Necessary")

See Star Trek: Pendragon notes below for the Cantabrian's known history beyond 2373 in the Pendragon timeline.

Design features[]


The Cantabrian's bridge worked along the same circular design as other bridges. All stations faced forward towards a main viewscreen.

In the bridge's middle stood the "Captain's Circle", with the captain's chair on the circle's aft perimeter. The circle's forward perimeter, a step down from the captain's chair, held the flight controller and operations manager stations. A further step down from these stations led to an emergency turbolift on the port side; a Jefferies tube access point immediately left of the viewscreen, access to the Captain's ready room on the starboard side with turbolift access in the same alcove.

The executive officer's station followed the "Captain's Circle's" starboard perimeter. Directly behind the captain's chair, the tactical station, manned by the security chief, was separated from the starboard and port stations by steps upwards from the circle. On the circle's port perimeter, and mirroring the executive officer's station, were two stations: the chief linguistics officer's station and the counselor's station.

On the bridge's outer wall, three separate banks of stations coincide with the three main station areas on the "Captain's Circle". Behind the executive officer's station stood three science stations. Separated by corridor access to the observation lounge and other areas, the area behind tactical held three engineering stations, including a main engineering station in the middle and a master systems display on the wall. With turbolift access sandwiched between the engineering stations and the port banks, the port banks housed another three stations, including medical and environmental controls.

Jefferies tubes could also be accessed through the deck behind the tactical station.


Main article: HOLIE

Captain's ready room[]

Located starboard to the bridge, the Captain's ready room allowed the Cantabrian's commanding officer a personal work area close to the bridge.

Walking through the entrance from the bridge, to the left stood the forward wall with two viewports. A wall met the forward wall at a forty-five-degree angle, with a picture of Christchurch, New Zealand on the wall and a small pedestal with a model of the USS Christchurch beneath the painting. Facing the starboard wall, at a ninety-degree angle from the forward wall, housed the captain's desk, with a monitor perched on its top. Two seats faced the desk.

Further down the starboard wall, two more viewports looked out into space. Three stairs led up to a corridor leading to a private area, including a small bedroom, replicator and private washroom. A small balcony branched off from the corridor, and on the wall separating the upper level of the ready room from the rest of its facilities, shelves were bracketed to the wall. Under Noah Wrightson's command, these shelves had personal belongings, including various works by Shakespeare, Dickens and other classical English authors. He also had a tartan displayed from his ancestors' clan, Clan Lamont, as well as his family Bible. Several gifts and artifacts from Earth and other planets sat on these shelves as well. Pictures were dotted in frames between the books and artifacts; these included pictures of Wrightson, his former partner and Ulitania Jonar on vacation, the command crew of the Christchurch, and various other memories.

A discussion area was sandwiched on the lower level between the balcony and entrance from the bridge, with two couches in an L-shape and a coffee table. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Catalyst, Part One")

Observation lounge[]

The Cantabrian's observation lounge was similar to those aboard other starships of the 24th century. A large conference table, surrounded by eight to ten chairs, matched the curve of both the forward and aft walls. The aft wall contained viewports, looking out into space. The forward wall housed a large viewscreen and monitor unit, with models of the Pickering-class and Constitution-class versions of the Cantabrian (NCC-607) on the port side and the Excelsior-class version on the starboard side.

Smaller monitor units were also placed on the port and starboard walls, more towards the viewports. Next to these monitors were small separators and doors leading out: the port leading to a turbolift, the starboard to a hallway to the bridge.

Two replicator units were also available, located on the far port and starboard sides of the forward wall. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Catalyst, Part One")


Senior officers, families and diplomats[]

Crew quarters on the Cantabrian came in various shapes and sizes, dependent on location in the ship.

Captain Wrightson's quarters were spacious and faced looking forward out over the ship's hull, consisting of a main living area with office, desk, and replicator, a bedroom with attached bathroom and wardrobe facilities, and a secondary bedroom with separate bathroom and wardrobe facilities. Wrightson later turned the second bedroom into a hobby room.

Walking into first officer Elizabeth Singh's quarters, one found a moderate living room with desk, couches, and replicator: a viewport looked out over the hull and into space. To the right and accessible from both the corridor and the living room, the bedroom had adjoining bathroom and wardrobe facilities. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Devil's Cube")

The commanding and first officers' quarters were both located on deck two. Diplomatic quarters were also available on deck 2 due to the rooms' spacious size and viewports.

Other officers', families', and diplomats' quarters were located on decks three, four, five, seven, and eight.

Known Cantabrian crewmembers' quarters include:

  • Commanding officer's quarters: 02-3601
  • First officer's quarters: 02-2701
  • Chief medical officer's quarters: 07-0901
  • Second officer's quarters: 07-2701
  • Counselor's quarters: 07-3504
  • Chief engineer's quarters: 08-1836

Junior officers' quarters[]

Junior officer quarters were usually smaller than their senior officer counterparts and usually lacked portholes.

Med-tech Nelson's quarters were internal, with an entrance from the corridor into the small main living area, with a couch, replicator, and small eating area. Through a doorway on the left, the bedroom held a bed and access to the bathroom behind the main living area. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Catalyst, Part One")

Junior officer quarters were located on decks three, four, five, seven, eight, and various decks in the stardrive section. Like other starships of her size, junior officers and crewmen holding the rank of ensign or below were required to share quarters.

Medical facilities[]


Sickbay on the Cantabrian was located on Deck 4. The main Sickbay housed one emergency surgical biobed with a dedicated forcefield generator in its own rounded alcove. Two secondary surgical biobeds stood between the main surgical bed and the Chief Medical Officer's office, in a line down the room's middle. All three surgical biobeds housed dedicated sensor clusters above each unit.

On the opposite wall from the entrance, three biobeds, separated by support beams, allowed patients with moderate to intensive care to be monitored by the main medical staff.

Secondary sickbays were located on the same deck and had a similar configuration. Each sickbay was equipped with an Emergency Medical Holographic program.

CMO's office[]

The chief medical officer had her own office adjacent to the main sickbay. A desk with seating for the CMO and patients or visitors are available. This office also had windows facing out into sickbay and med-lab, allowing the CMO or duty doctor to monitor patients from the office. A large monitor, with various information streaming in different areas, allowed staff to perform several tasks at once.

The office's proximity to sickbay allows the CMO to quickly attend to patients in distress or other situations requiring immediate attention in sickbay.


A medical laboratory was located on the opposite side of the CMO's office. This small laboratory allowed medical staff to perform tests or experiments during their duty shift without leaving the proximity of sickbay. Marie Bourget called this laboratory "Med-Lab".

Medical laboratories[]

Several other medical laboratories were located on deck 4 with other medical facilities. Like their science counterparts, medical laboratories aboard the Cantabrian were sometimes grouped in fours, with two labs either side of an open, lounge-like area in the middle. Personnel gained access to each lab via an airlock-type system, and other personnel could monitor the progress of the lab workers through a window facing into the lounge-like common area.

In an emergency, isolation doors could be lowered into place, isolating the laboratories from the rest of the ship. Corridors ran parallel to both emergency section doors.

Counselor's office[]

The counselor's office was located on Deck 6, room 2781. The room had a replicator, a desk with a monitor, and two couches. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Isolation")

Isolation bays[]

Isolation bays could be used where infected personnel or others need to be quarantined from the general ship's company. Aboard the Cantabrian, the isolation bays were located on Deck 4, near the edge of the saucer section.

In 2372, an infected Noah Wrightson could not be beamed to the isolation bays due to their severe damage in an earlier battle with the Myhr'an. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Catalyst, Part One", "Isolation")


The morgues aboard the Cantabrian were narrow rooms with several stasis drawers to house bodies on one long wall. Access could be gained to one morgue via a corridor from sickbay (via the wall opposite the stasis drawers) or via the main corridor. A small desk with a monitor was located between the accessways to the corridor and the medical facilities.

Med tech Nelson was assigned to this morgue before his death in 2372. Drawer number 7 housed the Myhr'an body. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Catalyst, Part One")

Science laboratories[]

Science laboratories ranged in location, size, and distribution aboard the Cantabrian. The lab cluster both Helena Bourget and Benjamin Caldwell used aboard the ship had four separate laboratories, each with its own airlock and air systems. They were arranged in two laboratories on either side of a wide corridor/common area, a main console table in the middle. Two smaller corridors, linked up to the rest of the ship, ran perpendicularly to the wide corridor on either side of the labs. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Breaking Benjamin", "Isolation", "Better the Devil You Know", "Deceptions")

The labs were equipped with forcefields, programmable up to level 10. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Better the Devil You Know", "Deceptions")

Main engineering[]

Main engineering was located on decks 22 and 23 in rooms 5550 on each deck. Similar to the design of an Intrepid-class starship's engineering, the Cantabrian's main engineering included workstations on each side of engineering, with secondary consoles facing inwards on deck 23. Walking towards the warp core, the chief engineer's office sat on the starboard side with a secondary office mirroring it on the port side.

Once at the core, a walk-around deck surrounded the core with plasma conduits leading aftwards under the decking. Further corridor access was located above the plasma conduit.

Deck 22 had several auxiliary workstations. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Catalyst, Part One", "Catalyst, Part Two")

Engineering lounge[]

Forward of main engineering, the engineering lounge, located on deck 23, room 5100, housed several couches and a replicator. Instead of four walls, the lounge had six walls; where the fourth wall should be located, an alcove-like area, comprised of three equally-sized walls. Each of these walls had a monitor embedded in them. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Catalyst, Part One")

Transporter rooms[]

The main transporter rooms in use aboard the Cantabrian were transporter rooms 3 and 4, located on deck 6 in rooms 3658 and 3659 respectively. Like most transporter rooms, the Cantabrian's transporter rooms consisted of a control station for the transporter operator on a raised platform, facing the transporter pad. A separate area with banks of computers and work area for the transporter operator was accessible through a corridor on the room's far side.

The Cantabrian had 18 transporter rooms throughout the ship, not including cargo transporters. Joshua Fuller was a transporter chief aboard the Cantabrian.

In mid-2372, an emergency transport of Captain Noah Wrightson went awry. The computer automatically erected a level 10 forcefield in response to detecting a foreign pathogen in Wrightson's system. Fuller attempted to beam Wrightson aboard, but his and Daniel Radke's signals were deflected unknowingly to the Caldea IV orbital supply station as the isolation bays aboard the Cantabrian were too severely damaged to hold him. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Isolation")

Shuttlebays and other egress points[]

The Cantabrian had three shuttlebays: two in the saucer section and one in the aft-most part of the secondary hull. The shuttlebays carried 10 type-18, 3 type-9, 3 type-8 and 2 type-7 shuttlecraft. In addition to the shuttlecraft, three Danube-class runabouts made up part of the inventory.

On the dorsal side of the saucer section, the Cantabrian had experimental launch bays for two Titania-class scout ships. These launch bays had resealable launch doors and a large arm-like apparatus hooking into the Titania-class ship's dorsal hull. These rooms were approximately two decks high, plus additional room above for the large launch arms. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Catalyst, Part One")

Personnel egress points existed at several points on the saucer section and secondary hull. Some points include port and aft deck two and port and aft deck 22.

Some cargo bays allowed egress from the Cantabrian as well. Cargo bays were located throughout the ship.

Recreational facilities[]

The Forward Lounge[]

The Forward Lounge stood at the Cantabrian's forward most part. Two rows of tables ran opposite the bar on the lower level, the tabletops providing most of the room's illumination. The upper level, accessible by a few stairs on either side of the lounge, also held two rows of tables, with a view out into space through round portholes. The port and starboard walls on the upper levels had booths for larger groups. A chrome hand railing with glass dividers separated the two areas, and the room was painted in muted grays and creams, except the feature wall behind the bar, which was purple.

The bar ran the entire length of the aft wall, with an entrance either side for wait staff. Next to those areas, both on starboard and port sides, patrons could exit and enter through automatic wooden doors with a glass porthole in each. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Catalyst, Part One")

Annette Willard ran the forward lounge. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Catalyst, Part Two", "Isolation")

Tawana Killan and Yh'ahni grabbed a drink in The Forward Lounge after completing the mission on the Myhr'an scout ship in mid-2372. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Catalyst, Part One")

Willard called security after a group of visitors, including Klingons, Romulans, Bajorans and Cardassians, started fighting in The Forward Lounge a few weeks later. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Isolation")


One of the recreational facilities aboard the Cantabrian were gymnasiums dotted throughout the ship.

In mid-2372, Daniel Radke and Yh'ahni used a gymnasium aboard the ship to help hone Yh'ahni's fighting skills. Captain Noah Wrightson and security chief Ulitania Jonar mistook their sounds of fighting as a sign the Myhr'an clone was trying to subdue another crew member. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Catalyst, Part Two")


Captain's arboretum[]
Main article: Captain's arboretum

Holodecks and Holosuites[]

Holodecks were located on decks 8 and 10. The Cantabrian had four holodecks with a wide variety of programs available for crew use.

Twelve holosuites were also available for crew use, located on decks 24 and 26.

Other areas[]


One brig facility aboard the Cantabrian could hold many people.

First officer Elizabeth Singh, in temporary command of the Cantabrian in mid-2372, locked up a group of visitors who were brawling on the ship in this larger brig. She threatened to keep them all locked away for the entire (long) journey to Starbase Expanse 7 if their behavior did not improve. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Isolation")


There was a myriad of corridor types aboard the Cantabrian.

One feature of the corridor was the ability to erect forcefields between sections and isolate a threat. In mid-2372, the Cantabrian crew isolated sections 36 and 37 on deck 7 to quell a fighting group of visitors, pumping in 70 parts per million of anesthizine to subdue the group. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Isolation")


Known command crew (2314-2368)[]

Position Rank Name From Until Notes
Commanding officer Captain Thekla Lawless 2314 2330 Retired in 2330
First officer Commander Marjal Jonar 2314 Eventually commanded his own ship
Commanding officer Captain Jack Annand 2330 2341 Disappeared in 2341
Chief medical officer Eccleston After 2330 Before 2341 {{?}
Chief medical officer Tennant After 2330 Before 2341
Commanding officer Acting-captain Miriana Kahu 2341 2341 Caretaker commanding officer
Commanding officer Captain Tomomi Tanaka 2342 2347 Promoted to admiral
Commanding officer Captain Josiah Mwangi 2347 2361
Commanding officer Captain Kenzal 2361 2369

Command crew (2369-2373)[]

Position Rank Name From Until Notes
Commanding officer Captain Noah Wrightson 2369 2373
First officer Lieutenant Commander Samantha D'Angelo 2372 2372 KIA ("Catalyst, Part One")
First officer Lieutenant Commander Elizabeth Singh 2372 2373
Second officer/Operations manager Lieutenant Commander Antonio Fernandes 2372 2373
Chief engineer Lieutenant Commander Ethan Arden 2372 2373
Chief medical officer Lieutenant Commander Dr. Marie Bourget 2372 2373
Chief of security Lieutenant Commander Ulitania Jonar 2369 2372 KIA ("Oh, What a Lovely War")
Chief of security Lieutenant Yh'ahni 2372 2373
Chief linguistics officer Lieutenant Threk 2369 2372 KIA ("Catalyst, Part One")
Chief linguistics officer Lieutenant Junior Grade Benjamin Caldwell 2372 2373
Flight controller Lieutenant junior grade Marie Senegal 2372 2372 KIA ("Catalyst, Part One")
Flight controller Lieutenant junior grade Tawana Killan (later Jonar) 2372 2373
Counselor Lieutenant Leslie Hernandez 2369 2372 KIA ("Catalyst, Part One")
Counselor Commander Daniel Radke 2372 2373

Alternate realities[]

Star Trek: Pendragon[]

In the Pendragon universe, the USS Cantabrian (NCC-24705) was involved in the Federation Civil War under Noah Wrightson's command. Due to scant resources, the Cantabrian was not destroyed in 2373 and continued to be in service in 2379 under Wrightson's command. The Cantabrian was present at the new Deep Space 9's commissioning in the same year after Project Restoration was completed.

Captain Daniel Radke joined the crew as the Cantabrian was assigned to a fleet headed by the USS Advantage to investigate the rise in Myhr'an dominance. En route, the Cantabrian lost sensor clarity, much like the other ships in the fleet had.

The Cantabrian and other ships altered course when they detected a Myhr'an fleet amassing at the Federation planet of Rhaandaran. Once near the planet, the fleet engaged the Myhr'an ships, with the Cantabrian disabling or destroying two Myhr'an battle cruisers before making its way towards the Myhr'an super battle cruiser and Myhr'an planet killer. (Star Trek: Pendragon: Other Knights anthology: "Gravity")

Events unfolded differently in the Pendragon universe compared to the Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions universe, where the Cantabrian obviously never faced Samantha Delaney and, due to the Federation Civil War, no replacement for the Cantabrian was ever built.

"Stranger Than Fiction"[]

In the Stranger Than Fiction timeline, the Cantabrian did not face the Wthaure in 2369, and therefore did not need repairs and upgrades at Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards. In 2371, due to the USS Voyager's behind-schedule launch, the Cantabrian went to the Badlands in Voyager's place. No trace of the Cantabrian was ever found. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Stranger Than Fiction")

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