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(covers information from several alternate timelines)
The log was used to inform the captain's superiors of what was happening on a mission and to record historical facts for future generations.
In the 22nd century, the day, month, and year were used to record dates in logs. The captain's log was known in this period as the captain's starlog. (ENT: "Broken Bow", et al.) By the 23rd century, stardates were used.
Notable logs Edit
- USS Constellation
- Deep Space 9
- USS Defiant (NX-74205)
- Delta Flyer
- Enterprise (NX-01) (variably referred to as a log and a starlog)
- USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)
- USS Enterprise (NCC-1701 alternate reality)
- USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A)
- USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D)
- USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E)
- USS Excelsior (NCC-2000)
- USS Lantree
- USS Stargazer
- USS Voyager
Background information Edit
Obviously, the "real" purpose of the log is to inform the audience about key plot points; it should be noted that in some of the first episodes of the original series, Kirk's log sometimes broke the fourth wall and described information that neither he nor the crew could be aware of. For example, in "The Naked Time", Kirk describes "... but unknown to us...". There clearly wasn't time to make some other log entries; for instance, in "By Any Other Name", Kirk appears to have made a log entry about his crew's skulduggery against the episode's villain while he, Kirk, is sitting next to that same villain.
Presumably, these log entries were created after the events had transpired, when the captain had time to update his log, and it was either Starfleet procedure or just Kirk's personal habit to record such logs in the present tense.
See also Edit
- Acting captain's log
- Combat log
- Military log
- Medical log
- Personal log
- Permanent documentation file
- Captain's Log: William Shatner's Personal Account of the Making of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
- Star Trek: Fan Collective - Captain's Log