The Merchantman was an independent Monarch-class freighter operating in the late 23rd century.

In 2285 the Klingon operative Valkris managed to obtain a copy of Admiral James T. Kirk's report on his most recent voyage, which included a summary of the Genesis Project. She traveled on board the Merchantman to rendezvous with Commander Kruge's Bird-of-Prey in Organian space. Valkris transmitted Kirk's report to Kruge, and stated that he would find the report useful. Upon realizing that she had seen the data Kruge had his ship to attack and destroy the Merchantman.

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Kruge destroys the Merchantman in 2285.

Although Kruge and his crew believed that the crew was killed in the attack, two members of the crew managed to make it to a small scout shuttle before the ship was destroyed. They were later rescued by Starfleet, and reported that they had been attacked by a Klingon vessel. (TOS movie, novelization & comic adaptation: The Search for Spock)

Known Crew

Monarch-class freighter/class 3 tanker starships
Independently owned/operated AlbatrossMerchantmanSS Silver Isle
Federation, Merchant Marine SS AlgocapeSS Amy RileySS DaishowaSS Imperial AeadiaSS Imperial DartmouthSS Mangal DesaiSS ManitoulinSS MississagiSS Rochelle KayeSS Nordic BlossomSS OmisaijSS RelianceSS Silver IsleSS Soren ToubroSS Stella LykesSS Theodore TooSS Topa Topafictional vessel: SS Kobayashi Maru UFP seal Merchant Marine badge
Federation, Starfleet AlbatrossSS Stella Lykes UFP seal Starfleet Command logo

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