It is the most famous name in all of Star Trek. There have been many different vessels to bear the name Enterprise already, which includes refits and rebuilds, alternate timelines and reboots! There is an entire bookcase full of models, all named Enterprise, sitting right behind this writer - and that is five shelves deep.
So, which is the best one? How do you rank the ships named Enterprise? Do you go by aesthetics alone? Adventures? Favourite series? Audience poll, to take the responsibility away from us? A lot of votes in WhatCulture towers went for the last option, but that would be hiding now wouldn't it?
So, this list is a mix of subjective opinion and the stories of the genesis of these beautiful starships. Let us be clear at the outset, there is no 'bad' Enterprise, just a scale of increasingly excellent vessels!
Let us jump into this list, starting with -
17. Kelvin Universe 1701-A
Designed by Sean Hargreaves, the Kelvin-universe Enterprise-A is by no means a poor ship in the rankings of Enterprises. Its lack of screen time and impact is the reason it appears here.
Hargreaves spent a long time updating the preceding Enterprise, specifically to upgrade the weaknesses of that vessel. The neck and pylons are strengthened, and other aesthetic additions are made.
If Star Trek 4 is ever released, please check back on these lists to see if the Enterprise-A rises in the ranks!