In 2369, this ship appeared on a wall chart titled "Starship Chronology" in Keiko O'Brien's classroom. (DS9: "The Nagus") Later that year, and into the next year, a model of this ship was added to the classroom. (DS9: "In the Hands of the Prophets", "Cardassians")
The Bonaventure was intended to be a predecessor to the Bonaventure (10281NCC), as confirmed by the creator of the wall display, Doug Drexler; "By the way, 'Bonaventure' was absolutely a nod to the animated show."  . There have been several ships in the Royal Navy with the name HMS Bonaventure. A Canadian aircraft carrier was renamed HMCS Bonaventure in 1952.
The Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual (p. 54) mention a prototype field device and an unmanned flight test vehicle from 2061, which predates all manned warp ships.
In Star Trek Spaceflight Chronology (1980), a Cochrane-class cruiser, the UNSS Bonaventure was introduced as Earth's first warp drive ship. Utilizing an alien warp guidance system, she began Earth's warp drive era under the command of Captain Hadrian Huckleby, with a trip to Tau Ceti. This was four years after the first successful demonstration of warp technology.
- For further information on the display model, see: Bonaventure (C1-21) model