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The Ship Recognition Manual, Volume 1: The Ships of Starfleet is a sourcebook based on the Last Unicorn Games Spacedock! system and was written by Steven Long. It was released online in December, 2000 after Star Trek RPG licence was transferred to Decipher.
Use in Star Trek: The Farthest Star
Many of the Starfleet ship specifications, history and descriptions come from The Ships of Starfleet, though this information may be altered to fit into the series' continuity as needed.
- Ship Recognition Manual, Volume 1: The Ships of Starfleet article at Star Trek Expanded Universe, the fanon Star Trek wiki.