The Rutherford was one of seven Miranda-class research ships built at the New Edison shipworks. This vessel was commissioned in 2276 and has been in consistent use since then.
- This ship was seen in-game with the given name and registry number clearly written on her hull.
- Likely named after either Ernest Rutherford, 1st Baron Rutherford of Nelson, known as the "father of nuclear physics", or Daniel Rutherford, a British chemist and physician who is most famous for the discovery of nitrogen.
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