Decommissioned Excelsior-class starship becomes a museum
PSI EPSILON III — The recently decommissioned USS Melroy has been restored to its original state and turned into a museum that documents a previous era in Starfleet history.
The USS Melroy was launched in 2296 from the San Francisco Fleet Yards and was finally decommissioned in late 2394. The ship’s career spanned decades of exploration, border defense, and fighting with the Seventh Fleet in the Dominion War. After suffering heavy damage during the war, the USS Melroy was fully repaired and assigned to patrol the Cardassian border. After its decommissioning, the ship was moved to Psi Epsilon III to serve as a museum ship administered by the Federation Science Bureau.
The USS Melroy has been restored to its original 2296 configuration, undoing a minor refit after the Dominion War. Furniture mimicking the original style has been installed. Modern technical upgrades were removed, and a recreation of the original computer interface was installed on the ship’s computer.
Visitors to the ship are beamed from the planet’s surface to the USS Melroy’s transporter room before being guided on a tour of the ship. Important stops on the tour include the main bridge, the captain’s ready room, main engineering, and the shuttlebay. Visitors also tour crew quarters, the crew lounge, and the museum facility located in the Deck 21 Cargo Bay where items from across the ship’s long career are on display.
Former Melroy science officer and retired Starfleet Commander Marcus Taylor gave a speech at the museum’s opening ceremony praising the efforts being undertaken to preserve the Melroy and the era of Starfleet history it represents.
“When I walk down the corridor to my old quarters on Deck 7 or I pass by the lounge where I got coffee every morning before reporting to the lab with Jim, I can almost convince myself that I’m back in 2312,” remarked Taylor.
The USS Melroy Historical Center is open to the public and hosts six tours each day. Visitors are advised to book in advance due to high demand.
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