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John Masefield was a 20th century English writer and poet, noted for his poem "Sea-Fever" which contained the line: "And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by." This line appeared on the dedication plaques of the USS Defiant.

In 2268, James T. Kirk quoted from "Sea-Fever" to Leonard McCoy. (TOS: "The Ultimate Computer")

In 2287, Leonard McCoy confused the Masefield for Herman Melville, but was corrected by Spock. (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

In 2372, Quark paraphrased Masefield's poem, "Sea-Fever", while aboard his ship Quark's Treasure, saying "all I ask is a tall ship... and a load of contraband to fill her with." (DS9: "Little Green Men")

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