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"Sea-Fever" was a poem by 20th century Earth poet John Masefield. The poem includes the line "all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by" which appeared on the dedication plaques of the USS Enterprise-A and the USS Defiant.

In 2268, James T. Kirk quoted from "Sea-Fever" to Leonard McCoy, identifying it only as a poem from 20th century Earth. (TOS: "The Ultimate Computer")

In 2287, Kirk quoted from the poem while aboard a shuttlecraft approaching the Enterprise-A. McCoy misidentified the poem's provenance as Herman Melville, but was corrected by Spock. (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

In 2372, Quark paraphrased the poem while aboard his ship Quark's Treasure, saying "all I ask is a tall ship... and a load of contraband to fill her with." (DS9: "Little Green Men")

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