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The Eureka Maru is a fictional starship in the television series Andromeda. The Maru is a cargo ship owned by Beka Valentine. She and her crew often made risky and illegal cargo runs, before rescuing Dylan Hunt from a black hole and joining his crew. The ship was built by Beka's father Ignatius Valentine and his friend Sid Barry (who left the Maru crew when Beka was a child following a fight between him and Ignatius). Beka has spent most of her whole life on the Maru, it has been implied that she was born on the Maru. She is very protective of the Maru and would never allow it to be destroyed, she also hates it when people insult the ship, including Dylan Hunt's frequent use of the term "bucket of bolts" when describing the Maru. Beka has spoken to the Maru on many occasions throught the show and on episode 4x18 the Maru appears to creak in responce, despite the ship's lack of an 'intelligent' AI (the Maru's computer only responds to commands and inquiries in a manner similar to modern day computers). The Three Graces, here in a painting by Sandro Botticelli, were the goddesses of charm, beauty, nature, human creativity and fertility in Greek mythology. ... The fictional starship Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) from Star Trek: The Next Generation. ... The featured ship of the Andromeda television show, the Andromeda Ascendant Gene Roddenberrys Andromeda is a science fiction television series, a posthumous creation of Gene Roddenberry. ... A cargo ship or freighter is any sort of ship or vessel that carries goods and materials from one port to another. ... Rebecca Beka Valentine is a fictional character in the television series Andromeda, played by Lisa Ryder. ... Captain Dylan Hunt of the Systems Commonwealth starship Andromeda Ascendant. ... A black hole is a concentration of mass great enough that the force of gravity prevents anything past its event horizon from escaping it except through quantum tunnelling behaviour (known as Hawking Radiation). ...

On episode 1x04 Dylan states that Beka was captain of the Maru for 10 years, meaning she recieved official command of the ship from her father in CY 10077, in episode 4x16 Harper states that possesion of the Maru fell to Beka in CY 10081 (when her father died). Beka's original crew composed solely of herself and her boyfriend Bobby Jensen but they break up and he is replaced by Seamus Harper as the ship's engineer (after he was hired by Bobby for a one-time deal on Earth). Rev Bem joins shortly after this and then another crew member named Vexpag is hired, however he dies when his environmental suit rips and is replaced by Trance Gemini shortly before they found the Andromeda Ascendant (while under contract with a Nightsider named Gerentex). The Andromeda Ascendant is a fictional starship in the television series Gene Roddenberrys Andromeda. ...

From episode 5x08, the Maru is about 42m in length, judged by the scale of people against it. It weighs approximately 12,000 tonnes.

Possible Origin of Name

Although the origin of the name of the ship Eureka Maru is never mentioned in the series, or any official literature springing from it, here are some facts that may provide clues to where the name comes from:

  • Heureka (often today spelled, eureka) means "I have found it!" in Ancient Greek.
  • Maruts (sanskrit) are storm gods, company of Indra

Eureka (or Heureka; Greek ) is a famous exclamation attributed to Archimedes, see: Eureka (word). ... Japanese ship naming conventions are different from those in the West. ... A screenshot from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan showing data on the Kobayashi Maru. ... Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Paramount Pictures, 1982; see also 1982 in film) is the second feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series. ...


Crew of the Eureka Maru at the time of rescuing Dylan Hunt:

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