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Captain's log of the USS Enterprise-D

For the CCG with a similar name, please see CCG: Captain's Log.

The captain's log is a form of log entry record keeping that has been around since the first captains sailed Earth's seas in ancient history.

The log is used to inform the captain's superiors of what is happening on a mission and to record historical facts for future generations.

In the 22nd century, the day, month and year were used to record dates in logs. The captain's log was known in this period as the captain's starlog. (ENT: "Broken Bow", et al.) By the 23rd century, stardates were used.

Benjamin Sisko recorded his first captain's log on stardate 48960.9. (DS9: "The Adversary")

Captain's Log is also the name of a magazine published by Amarillo Design Bureau relating to the Star Fleet Battles series of games.

Notable logs

Background

"Captain's log," spoken by William Shatner, were the first two words viewers heard on the first Star Trek broadcast, "The Man Trap", on September 8, 1966.

Obviously, the "real" purpose of the log is to inform the audience about key plot points; it should be noted that in some of the first episodes of the original series, Kirk's log sometimes broke the fourth wall and described information that neither he nor the crew could be aware of. For example, in "The Naked Time", Kirk describes "... but unknown to us...". There clearly wasn't time to make some other log entries; for instance, in "By Any Other Name", Kirk appears to have made a log entry about a his crew's skulduggery against the episode's villain while he, Kirk, is sitting next to that same villain. (Perhaps Kirk recorded the log entry during the commercial break!)

Presumably, these log entries were created after the events had transpired, when the Captain had time to update his log, and it was either Starfleet procedure or just Kirk's personal habit to record such logs in the present tense.

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