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Bajorans used lightships to explore the space surrounding Bajor, with some reaching Cardassia after being propelled there by tachyon eddies in the Denorios Belt. The Cardassians admitted they had salvaged wreckage of such a vessel in 2371. (DS9 episode: "Explorers")
In 2371, Benjamin Sisko built the Baraka, a replica of a lightship. With his son Jake, Sisko proved that the vessel could reach Cardassia, although only with help from the tachyon eddies to propel it. (DS9 episode: "Explorers")
In the 16th century, the Bajorans made first contact with the Cardassians when several Bajoran lightships, which were designed to explore the space surrounding Bajor, reaching Cardassia after being propelled there by tachyon eddies in the Denorios Belt. In the 24th century, this fact was frequently mentioned in the propaganda broadcasts of the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance as evidence of the historic bond between the peoples of Bajor and Cardassia. (TNG - Mirror Universe novel: The Worst of Both Worlds)
|Starship classes of the Republic of Bajor|
|By name||Bestri • Janitza • Ornathia • Perikian • Shaben|
|By type||Bajoran freighter • Bajoran lightship • Bajoran raider • Bajoran shuttlecraft • Bajoran prison shuttle|