Conestoga colony ships?Edit

What about those "Conestoga" colony ships? Were they really called that in the novel? The novel apparently appeared in 2000, ENT's Terra Nova (episode) aired in 2001, so it can't be a reference to the SS Conestoga. Is it the other way round (the episode referencing the novel), or is this just a lucky coincidence? -- Cid Highwind 15:47, 10 Aug 2005 (UTC)

I considered linking Conestoga-class to Conestoga type (referring to the ENT design) -- but i'm wondering if i should check the book again -- thier ships were indeed described as "Conestogas", but some of the ship designs appeared on the covers -- so it might contradict the ENT version (in passenger capacity also). but it will still be a valid footnote either way i believe.
I do really like how writing refs from a non-canon article -- as long as you do it in the right place (like in these novel pages, rather than a main article) -- these help build the web on Memory Alpha -- it creates a lot of visits to articles and possible articles listed in books, and reveals a lot of correlations like this -- Captain Mike K. Barteltalk 15:55, 10 Aug 2005 (UTC)

Yes, it would definitely be a valid footnote and a nice correlation, whether intentional or not. Given the fact that those Conestogas are in service 200 years later, it's probably not the same type of vessel, though. -- Cid Highwind 16:11, 10 Aug 2005 (UTC)

From the book:
Huge Conestoga-class dormitory ships, with their bird-beak bows and bulbous living sections. -- No image on the cover is actually specified or hinted at being a Conestoga -- in fact no two ships on the cover seem to match each other. Also, the ships are said to be driven by warp "mules" -- that is a sled with extra nacelle power. These 200 year after the fact Conestogas seem to have undergone modifications.
I'll keep reading. -- Captain Mike K. Barteltalk 18:21, 10 Aug 2005 (UTC)

The Conestoga types from ENT could barely crack warp 1 and were dismantled on arrival. It doesn't make sense that they'd still be building new vessels from such a poor design 200 years later, and it seems even less likely that there would still be any original ones around to be converted. It seems far more likely to me that the name similarity is coincidental, or at best, a case of the later one being named in honour of the earlier (whether you're looking at it from a real-world perspective or not). - Spatula 22:59, 29 March 2006 (UTC)