Rachel Garrett (2294-2344) was a Human female and Starfleet captain who served with distinction in the first half of the 24th century. She is mostly known for her tenure as the captain of the USS Enterprise-C from 2332 until her death in 2344.
Early life and careerEdit
Rachel Garrett, daughter of Judith and David Garrett, was born in Madison, Indiana, on Earth in 2294. When Rachel was 9-years-old her younger sister, Sarah was born. (ST video game: Starship Creator; ST - The Lost Era novels: Well of Souls, The Art of the Impossible)
- Starship Creator states that Garrett was born in 2300, which is at odds with the later novels.
Garrett entered Starfleet Academy in 2311, either shortly before or shortly after the Tomed Incident. Not long after that incident, she served aboard the USS Endeavour, patrolling the Romulan border. (ST short story: "Hour of Fire")
In 2324 her son Jason was born. In that same year, the USS Gandhi was launched and Garrett was promoted to the rank of lieutenant commander and was assigned as tactical officer. (ST video game: Starship Creator; ST - Enterprise Logs short story: "Hour of Fire") As a result due to her shipboard career, the boy lived with his father. Sadly, her marriage became increasingly strained over the next decade, and they would divorce in 2333. (ST - The Lost Era novel: Well of Souls)
- The short story "Hour of Fire" has Garrett apparently serving as first officer of the USS Gandhi, and taking command when her captain is killed in an exchange with Cardassian forces, and then later serving in a diplomatic posting on Qo'noS, immediately prior to taking command of the Enterprise-C. This backstory was discounted and contradicted in the subsequent Lost Era novels featuring Garrett.
Captain of the EnterpriseEdit
- The Star Trek: Stargazer novel Progenitor depicts Garrett as a Commander in 2333, and being offered command of the USS Stargazer by Admiral Arlen McAteer in that year.
In late 2335 or early 2336, the Enterprise was raided by a group of Klingon renegades. Garrett's close friend and first officer, Nigel Holmes, was killed in the attack. (ST - The Lost Era novel: Well of Souls)
In 2344, the Enterprise responded to a call to arms brought from Romulus by Commander Saavik of the USS Armstrong. Saavik brought word of an unprovoked Romulan attack on the unarmed Klingon outpost on Narendra III, which was the target of the mad Romulan Praetor, Dralath. Captain Garrett was presumed killed during the battle, along with most of her crew. (TNG episode: "Yesterday's Enterprise"; TOS novel: Vulcan's Heart)
Once recovered, Garrett was prepared to remain in that timeframe, to assist the Federation in their war with the Klingon Empire. Captain Jean-Luc Picard was able to convince her to take the Enterprise-C back to the battle at Narendra III in order to restore the correct timeline. However, before the vessel could return, a Klingon vessel attacked. Garrett was killed when shrapnel struck her in the head. (TNG episode: "Yesterday's Enterprise", TOS novel: Vulcan's Heart)