The Bonaventure was the first Federation Designed Warp Powered
ship, all other designs had been underway before the foundation of
the Federation. An experimental vessel, the Bonaventure was used as
a showpiece for Federation technology, and was one of the first
vessels sent on long duration exploratory missions. She was designed
as a smaller counterpart to the Battle Cruiser Prototype. Tragically
she was lost on her third mission, although the USS Enterprise
located her in 2269, and it was established she had been pulled into
a parallel universe of some type.
Only the Bonaventure was built, as Starfleet felt that a larger
number of smaller vessels could perform the exploration role more
effectively. This position did not change until the Klingons became
a greater threat in the early 23rd century.
Type: Heavy Cruiser/Galactic Survey Cruiser
Image Source: Masao
Ship Source: Star Trek the Animated Series
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