USS Drake Assigned Craft
The USS Drake is equipped with four shuttles and in addition to these, in emergency situations the crew has access to 42 escape pods placed at strategic locations around the vessel.
The Drake carries three Type IX (also known as Class 2) shuttles, named the Francis, the Tavistock and the Portobelo. They are fast and maneuverable, but definitely not built for comfort.
Another shuttle, the Plymouth, was originally part of the complement. As part of the attempt to escape from null-space the Plymouth was loaded with dilithium and destroyed by a quantum torpedo launched from the Drake in order to open a rift back to normal space.
The Type 9 possesses limited amenities, and though furnished for two pilots and four passengers, can be crewed by a single person if necessary. Their compact size has earned them a reputation for causing "Class Two Claustrophobia" at Starfleet Academy, due to a predilection for stress-testing cadets by sending a full crew of six on training missions that last several weeks. As one Starfleet officer quipped "you did not want to be around when they opened up that airlock".
The Drake carries one Type XI Shuttle, named the Golden Hind.
The Type XI shuttlecraft is an advanced piece of technology, containing bioneural circuitry as a standard, as well as a compact powerplant that still provides excellent cruising and maximum speeds. The cockpit is an individual compartment, seperate from the rest of the shuttle, which a break from Starfleet's standard shuttle design.