Captain Robert April and Crew, 2245-2250

Captain April and Crew

True Star Trek fans remember that the animated series of the ’70’s named the first captain of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), it was, Robert April.   This was of course at the request of Gene Rodenberry.


According to non-canon, the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) was launched in 2245 with Captain April at the Helm, for her first five year mission.


However, and unfortunately, that character, and the animated series in general, are not considered Star Trek canon. 


Canon is basically defined as anything that has made it to the screen – i.e. TV and Film. 


This sort of background history becomes important now that a pre-TOS film is on the way. 



  Most of the following is non-canon, and is from Memory Beta, the wiki for non-canon Star Trek.





The Crew of the Federation –Starfleet vessel, the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701):


Commanding Officer:

Captain Robert April; from 2245-2250

Captain Robert April; from 2245-2250










Robert April is born in Coventry, England on Earth on October 14, 2194 (TOS novel: Final Frontier). 


In 2211, Robert April entered Starfleet Academy age 17.  By 2215, April had graduated from Starfleet Academy (EV comic: Flesh of my Flesh).


In 2243, Commodore Van Anling placed Captain April in charge of construction of the Constitution-class, U.S.S. Enterprise (NCC-1701), at the San Francisco Fleet Yards (Assumption from Star Trek Chronology and “The Counter-Clock Incident, TAS”).


In July 2245, construction of the Enterprise was completed and she was launched on shakedown cruises with Captain April as her captain, from 2245 to 2250.  April was 56 years old.


Late in his life he will become a Federation Ambassador-at-large (about 75 years before “The Counter-Clock Incident, TAS”).

Executive Officer:

Lieutenant Commander, George Samuel Kirk Sr.; for one year in 2245; (Chris Hemsworth, actor in Star Trek XI; set to release in May 09)

Lieutenant Commander, George Samuel Kirk Sr.; for one year in 2245; (Chris Hemsworth, actor in Star Trek XI; set to release in May 09)




In the late 2220’s, George Samuel Kirk Sr. married Winona and settled down in Riverside, Iowa, on Earth.   In 2230 their first son, George Samuel Kirk Jr. was born, followed by their most famous son, James Tiberius Kirk in 2233.


In 2243, Captain April handpicked a command crew he could trust, including his oldest friend George Kirk.   He would serve in this capacity for one year.


George Kirk took his son James for his first visit aboard USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) in 2248 (TOS novel Best Destiny).



Commander Shundresh,

in 2246


No Data


Commander Lorna Simon,

from 2246-2250

served as First Officer

and Science Officer


Lorna Simon was a female human Starfleet officer, born in the early 2180’s. Simon had a reputation for getting the job done, and not being hesitant to get her hands dirty to get it done.  Her no-nonsense attitude leavened with a dry humor served her well through more than five decades in Starfleet.


She had developed a good working relationship with Captain Robert April, who viewed her as stabilizing influence. 


When April took formal command to the new Constitution-class USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), Simon accepted his offer of being his first officer.  Simon also acted as science officer as well.  She was in her sixties (TOS short story: “Though Hell Should Bar the Way”, and TOS novel Best Destiny).

Chief Engineer: 

Lieutenant Commander Kursley,

from 2245-2246


No Data





Dr. Lawrence “Larry” Marvick; from 2246-224 (David Frankham)

Dr. Lawrence “Larry” Marvick; from 2246-224 (David Frankham)







In 2226, Doctor Lawrence “Larry” is born (speculation based on the actors age).  


In the 2230’s, he was one of several engineers who were working on designs for the warp engines of the new Constitution-class of starships (“Is There in Truth No Beauty?, TOS”). 


Marvick was also one of the designers of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)


In 2246 a year after her launch, Marvick signed aboard the ship as chief engineer.   Like most chief engineers he regarded the Enterprise as his and clashed several times with Captain Robert April regarding the treatment of the starship (TOS short story: “Though Hell Should Bar the Way”).


He died from insanity in 2268, aboard the USS Enterprise (“Is There in Truth No Beauty?, TOS”).


Lieutenant Commander Powell,

for one year in 2249


No Data


Lieutenant Commander

Charles Fourrie,

from 2249-2250


No Data


Lieutenant Po,

from 2245-2251


No Data

Chief Helmsman:

Lieutenant Carlos Florida,

for one year in  2243


In the 2240’s, Florida served as helmsman aboard the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), under Captain Robert April.


April had great faith in Florida’s abilities as he got the Enterprise out of several tight squeezes (TOS short story: “Though Hell Should Bar the Way”).



Lieutenant Nobis,

from 2245-2246


No Data


Lieutenant Luis Ferarra,

from 2246-2249


No Data

Lieutenant Nedrick Bann,

from 2249-2250


No Data

Chief of Security:

 Lieutenant Francis Drake Reed,

for one year in 2243


No Data

Chief Science Officer:

Lieutenant Commander

Gregor Allinsky,

from 2246-2250


No Data

Junior Science Officers:

Lieutenant Richard Cheyney,

from 2249-2251


No Data

Chief Medical Officer: 

Dr. Sarah April; from 2245-2250





Until 2243, Dr. Sarah Poole was serving as a private veterinarian.


1n 2244, Captain April and Dr. Poole were married.  Shortly after, Captain April brought Sarah aboard as his chief medical officer when the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) launched.   The two were soon married (TOS short story: “Though Hell Should Bar the Way”).


As the chief medical officer aboard the Enterprise, Dr. April designed a number of new procedures and medical instruments used in starship Sickbays (TAS: “The Counter-Clock Incident”).















~ by startreklives on May 31, 2008.

One Response to “Captain Robert April and Crew, 2245-2250”

  1. hey this is doc from the itunes podcast: Heroes of Science Fiction and Fantasy, just a note on cannon and non-cannon. I think someone at Paramont should take up this subject and create a website for cannon. Many times people say the books are not cannon but they have the copyright from Paramont on them. They should look over the animated series/the novels/short stories/comics anything using their copyright and lay down what is considered cannon. Nothing should be pushed to the side. It is their world they should tend to it. website voicemail 1-206-333-1297

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