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USS StargazerEdit

Stargazer dedication plaque
USS Stargazer
Constitution classStarfleet registry NCC-2893
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Federation Space Systems
"To bring light into the darkness."
The Stargazer dedication plaque was illegible on screen, and according to Doug Drexler, the plaque art has been lost. Michael Okuda commented in 2009 on the class name:

"The Stargazer dedication plaque did say "Constitution class", but we had already decided to drop that designation, even during preproduction. I asked Ed Charnock, our on-set painter, to mist over the plaque with a little black spray paint, to make it a little harder to read "Constitution". There wasn't time (or money) to have the plaque re-made, but the type was so small that it would have been very difficult to read the text on camera, even without the smudge. Also, the set lighting was dark, so I wasn't worried." [1](X)
Okuda further commented on the plaque:
"The dedication plaque indicated that the ship was built by "Federation Space Systems," and gave the ship's motto as "To bring light into the darkness." Herb Wright suggested that one." [2](X)
The motto is inspired by the science fiction short story and subsequent novel written by Daniel Keyes, Flowers for Algernon:
"They had pretended to be geniuses. But they were just ordinary men working blindly, pretending to be able to bring light into the darkness. Why is it that everyone lies? No one I know is what he appears to be."

The 1995 Star Trek - Reflections of the Future, Phase One trading card set contained a "Gold Registry Plaque" card for the Stargazer.
There was a drawing of the dedication plaque in the Star Trek Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 1, p. 192). This version of the plaque had been modified, as it identified the Stargazer as a member of the Constellation-class. Furthermore, it was stated on the plaque that the Stargazer was built at the San Francisco Fleet Yards.

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