#1 By: Jason Fitzpatrick, August 21st, 2013 13:39
#2 By: Doc, August 21st, 2013 15:27
According to *Star Trek: Final Frontier* by Diane Carey, the *USS Constitution* had been redesigned so many times in construction that its first captain, Robert April, and first officer George Kirk (James Kirk's father) re-christened the ship *Enterprise.* [enter link description here]
#3 By: A happy, August 21st, 2013 15:44
#4 By: Doc, August 21st, 2013 18:33
Diane Carey wrote a Star Trek novel called "Final Frontier." In it, Captain Robert April and First Officer George Kirk flew the maiden voyage of the USS Enterprise, which was originally called the USS Constitution; Pike wanted to rename the ship because it was far more advanced than the Constitution that was on the blueprints, and Kirk came up with the name "Enterprise." All clear now?
#5 By: Akemi Iwaya, August 23rd, 2013 07:05
@Howard_Blair & @NanoGeek - Think Gene Roddenberry, original script draft, and the answer is indeed Yorktown. ~_^
#6 By: Doc, August 25th, 2013 16:18
The question didn't specify whether it was referring to drafts of the pilot script or in the series' timeline, so both answers are correct; in early scripts, it was the Yorktown, in the novel it was the Constitution - and plenty of places state that the Enterprise is a Constitution-class starship, and the class is usually named for the first ship to be built. Several places state that the actual USS Constitution was built but never commissioned (operated as a Starfleet vessel), which agrees with Diane Carey's novel.