|Class Name :
Long range probe1|
|Unit Run :
Only one known1
||Length : 73,500 m2
Beam : 16,000 m
Height (main) : 12,000 m
Conventional armament unknown
(TOS scale) :
|Capable of sustained high warp speeds1
|Diplomatic Capability :
|Expected Hull Life :
This mysterious vessel appeared in Federation space in 2285 on a direct
heading for Earth. The probe was transmitting a signal of such enormous strength
that it neutralised every power source which approached, including Starships
and bases. All efforts to stop the probe failed utterly, as did all attempts
to communicate it. On reaching Earth the probe directed its signal into the
ocean, causing massive volumes of water to vaporise and creating solid cloud
cover over the entire planet.
Eventually Captain Kirk was able to determine that the probe was attempting
to contact the humpbacked whales which had populated Earth's ocean until the
end of the twentieth century. These had apparently been in communication with
an alien civilisation somehow, and when they had been hunted to extinction by
Humans the aliens sent the probe to determine the reason it had lost contact.
Captain Kirk succeeded in travelling back in time and bringing two humpbacked
whales to the present day. He released them into the ocean and they re-established
contact with the probe, which departed shortly thereafter.1
Many mysteries remain regarding the probe. It may be a mechanism, similar in
function to a Starfleet probe but on a vastly greater scale. It may be a machine
intelligence, similar in kind to V'Ger but of purely alien origin. It may even
be a manned spacecraft, perhaps containing a cetacean crew member or crew members.
The mechanism by which Earth's whales communicate with the probe is also unknown.
Obviously whale song does not consist of mere sounds, and it is presumed that
there must be some form of telepathic contact involved.
Once the probe had established contact successfully it left Earth1 and
rapidly exited Federation space for an unknown destination. It has never returned.
The whale probe was featured heavily in ST IV, and the basic outline
of its actions is described on the specs page. As usual with alien vessels,
especially one-off mystery ships like this, I have felt free to pepper
the specs page with lots of unknowns. Indeed, in this case the specs are
virtually nothing but unknowns!
The size is estimated from the scene in which the probe neutralises
Spacedock, and is probably correct to within 10 or 20 percent.