- Eureka Maru
The "Eureka Maru" is a
fictional starshipin the television series "Andromeda". The "Maru" is a cargo shipowned by Beka Valentine.
hip technical aspects
The "Eureka Maru" is a slipstream-capable cargo ship and is armed with
lasers and missiles, and has a three engine thrust system.
Beka has spoken to the "Maru" on many occasions throughout the series, and in episode 18 of series 4, the "Maru" appears to creak in response, despite the ship's lack of
artificial intelligence. The "Maru" computer system responds to commands and inquiries in a manner similar to modern day computers.
The "Maru" is about 42 metres in length, judged by the scale of people against it as seen in episode 8 of season 5. It weighs approximately 12,000 tonnes.
Beka Valentineand her crew often use the ship to make risky and illegal cargo runs, before rescuing Dylan Hunt from a black holeand joining his crew. The ship was built by Beka's father, Ignatius Valentine, and his friend Sid Barry.
Sid left the "Maru" crew when Beka was a child, after a fight between him and Ignatius. Beka has spent most of her life on the "Maru", and it has been implied that she was born on board. 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".
In episode 4 of series 1, Dylan states that Beka was captain of the "Maru" for 10 years, meaning she received official command of the ship from her father in CY 10077; in episode 16 of series 4, Harper states that possession of the "Maru" fell to Beka in CY 10081, the year her father died. Beka's original crew was composed solely of herself and her boyfriend Bobby Jensen; they later broke up and he was replaced by Seamus Harper as the ship's engineer (after he was hired by Bobby for a one-time deal on Earth). Rev Bem joined shortly after this and then another crew member named Vexpag was hired, however he died when his environmental suit ripped. He was replaced by Trance Gemini shortly before they found the "
Andromeda Ascendant" (while under contract with a Nightsider named Gerentex). Since its crew joined "Andromeda", the "Maru" was traditionally kept in "Andromeda"'s shuttle bays, being used when the crew need to carry out scouting missions or sneak attacks due to its smaller size. Traditionally it is taken out by Beka during these missions, although Dylan has been known to pilot the ship on occasion.
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.This is potentially explained by the fact that the Maru was built by
Beka Valentine's father and his business partner Sid. The term 'Eureka!' would seem appropriate for non-professional ship builders who manage to put together a ship.
*The word "maru" is often attached to Japanese ship names. See
Japanese ship naming conventions.
Kobayashi Maru" is a starship that first appears in the movie "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan". Gene Roddenberry is the creator of both the Star Trek and Andromeda universes.
*Maruts (Sanskrit) are storm gods, company of
Komagata Maruincident which occurred in British Columbia, in Canada — coincidentally where much of Canadian Filming, including "Andromeda", is filmed.There is also a strong possibility that the original name may have been the "Yurika" Maru -- "Yurika" being a Japanese proper name -- which is more consistent with a Japanese designation than an arbitrary Ancient Greek word with tenuous if any relevance to a freighter. If this were the case, it is unclear whether the phonetic transposition was an error on the part of the writers, to whom the name may have been only spoken, or if it is deliberately intended to have happened in the realm of the fictional Andromeda universe.
Crew of the "Eureka Maru" at the time of rescuing Dylan Hunt:
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