Construction of the Michael Whelan was completed on reference stardate 3/0207, in the 2360s decade. This vessel was commissioned at one of the two shipyards that produced Paine-class vessels, either Deneva Shipyards or Gibraltar Shipyards. (FASA RPG module: Star Trek: The Next Generation Officer's Manual)
- The majority of ships of the Paine-class seem to be named for notable figures from history, from Federation history and Human history, for example. The source material does not specify any additional information about the character of Michael Whelan, but it seems likely the vessel was named by the book's authors for Michael Whelan, a contemporary science fiction artist.
|Thomas Paine-class class IX frigate starships|
|Amalthea Rex • Bartholemew Dynass • Canadara • Carla Winterspoon • Christopher Dundas • Constantine Rill • Cransston Juriss • Drakendesh • Essex Prinn • Falmor Hann • Grundjaki • Halcyon • Michael Whelan • Paul Gable • Preston King • Pride of Elas • Pride of Troyass • Qunitaus Gall • Ramana Loris • Samantha Elass • Sedgemoor Tann • Shanessa • Sundrass • Tamara • Thomas Paine|