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SS Botany Bay was a Terran DY-100 class sleeper ship. The ship was used by Khan Noonien Singh and his followers to escape Earth at the conclusion of the Eugenics Wars, in 1996.

Startrek.com states that the Botany Bay was a "DY-100 vessel modified as a sleeper ship," indicating that it was not originally built to serve that purpose.

History and specificationsEdit

The nuclear-powered ship was developed under top secret conditions by the United States of America in the 1990s. It was named after an Australian penal colony. The technology was taken in part from the Ferengi shuttle that belonged to Quark-after it had traveled back in time and crashed on Earth in 1947. Some technology, such as the specifications for the impulse engines, were provided by Gary Seven and Roberta Lincoln. (TOS novel: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh, Volume 2, ST website: Startrek.com)

Botany Bay launch

The launch of the Botany Bay

On 5 January 1996, Shannon O'Donnell and Roberta Lincoln launched the Botany Bay from its secret launch facility into Earth orbit. Roberta instructed O'Donnell to maintain that she was under Ferengi mind control when questioned, and then tranquilized her. On January 11, 1996, Khan and his followers were taken on-board the ship from an orbiting facility. After Khan named the ship, he and 84 of his followers were put into stasis while Gary Seven placed the ship on course for an uninhabited class M world approximately 100 light years from Earth. (TOS novel: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh, Volume 2; TOS - Khan comic: "Issue 4")

The book Federation: The First 150 Years gives the ship's launch date as September 17, 1996.

The ship was found adrift in the Mutara Sector, 20 light years from Earth, by the USS Enterprise, in 2267. (ST reference: Star Charts) Khan was the first to be revived when the Botany Bay detected the landing party from Enterprise. Further examinations revealed that 12 of the stasis pods had malfunctioned during the ship's long journey, leaving 42 men and 30 women alive. Khan revived the remainder of the crew in an attempt to commandeer the Enterprise, but he ultimately failed. The Botany Bay itself was left adrift in space after Khan commandeered the Enterprise; its final fate is unknown. (TOS episode: "Space Seed", ST website: Startrek.com)

The personal effects of Khan's people, which were aboard the Botany Bay, were then transferred into Starfleet cargo containers on Ceti Alpha V, the planet where Khan and his followers were sent into exile. (TOS movie: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan).

Alternate timelineEdit

In an alternate timeline in which Khan was victorious in the Eugenics Wars, Shannon O'Donnell, Shaun Geoffrey Christopher, Rain Robinson and about 100 of Earth's top scientific minds launched the Botany Bay in November 2010. Their intention was to escape the horrors of Khan's conquests and settle a habitable planet in the Eta Cassiopeiae star system. Unfortunately, the ship went off course and was eventually discovered in June 2376 by Princeps Julian Bashir of the Khanate of Earth starship Defiance. The crew of the Botany Bay would learn that Khan had forced Earth's entire population to undergo genetic engineering and had gone on to create a brutal and despotic interstellar empire known as the Khanate of Earth. (Myriad Universes novel: Seeds of Dissent)

Alternate realityEdit

Following the destruction of Vulcan in the alternate reality created by Nero, the Botany Bay was discovered by the USS Vanguard under orders of Section 31 associate Admiral Alexander Marcus. What became of the ship is unknown, though Khan and his crew were taken to a secret locations such as Io Facility and London. (TOS movie & novelization: Star Trek Into Darkness; TOS - Khan comic: "Issue 5")

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DY series spaceships
DY-100 ships Botany BayIbervilleLyons CreekMonticelloSalisburySan JuanSanta MariaShenandoahWacosta Seal of United Earth
DY-245 ships Hatteras DY-430 ships Urusei Yatsura
DY-500 ships ConquestCourageousHastingsHeart of the StormHokule'aLord NelsonMalaspinaMariposaSylvaniaToledo SunWheelerYaconaYakima
DY-700 ships Alerica DY-732 ships New ZealandYuri Gagarin
DY-950 ships Eagle Valley DY-1200 ships Velikan

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