Sometime prior to the 2260s, the Bonaventure, and all hands, vanished without a trace on her third voyage, in what was later determined to be the Delta Triangle. The ship encountered a time warp vortex and became trapped inside Elysia, a small alternate universe, a parallel time continuum, that periodically touched the prime universe in the Delta Triangle region. In Elysia, the Bonaventure remained adrift along with a large number of other ships unable to escape.
Background information Edit
The Bonaventure was described in the final draft of the episode's script as "a ship something like the Enterprise, but smaller, not as graceful and sleek – but clearly powerful."
According to the Star Trek Concordance, the Human woman seen in the Elysian Council was wearing what was "possibly an early Star Fleet [sic] uniform," but it is not indicated whether she is from the Bonaventure or another unseen or unmentioned Starfleet vessel.
According to the reference book Star Trek Spaceflight Chronology , the UNSS Bonaventure was a warp 2.5 cruiser of the Cochrane-class, under the command of Captain Hadrian Huckleby. The ship was Earth's first warp drive ship and began Earth's warp drive era with a trip to Tau Ceti four years after the first successful demonstration of warp technology. The ship was unaccountably lost on her third mission, eighteen years later, on the voyage to Sirius. The UNSS Bonaventure was stated to have a maximum emergency velocity of warp 2.5, although engines experienced a slight power breakdown at that speed. The Bonaventure was also the first Earth ship to use alien technology such as the warp guidance system.
Star Trek: Star Charts (p. 64), named the ship as SS Bonaventure and listed the year it was lost in the Delta Triangle, over two hundred light years away from Earth, as 2079. This date would be consistent with the fact that a Human female was a member of the Elysian Council where everyone was stated to be several centuries old. The Bonaventure's 23rd century design features are, however, somewhat inconsistent with the early 22nd century Earth starship design, as it was later depicted in Star Trek: Enterprise.
The undeveloped Star Trek: The First Adventure movie was to feature the first dilithium-powered warp test ships in the 23rd century, called the Bonaventure and Bonaventure II, a new technology Montgomery Scott and George Kirk worked on. However, if the Bonaventure was truly the first starship from Earth with warp drive, the ship would have had to be launched before the SS Valiant was launched in 2065 and after the launch of the Phoenix in 2063.