Fleet 74 was a Star Trek sim club that existed on CompuServe in the 1990s.
It is speculated that Fleet 74 began in the early 1990s, making it one of the first documented sim clubs.
While Fleet 74 remained a private venture run by volunteer members throughout its history, it was granted a dedicated chat room by CompuServe. From this semi-sanctioned position, Fleet 74 was the dominate, and often only, Star Trek chat based sim club on CompuServe.
Fleet 74 attempted to expand to the Classic Prodigy service in early 1997, but its efforts did not bear fruit and the few individuals it managed to recruit on Prodigy ended up joining the Trek Online sim club. Trek Online similarly attempted to expand onto CompuServe in mid 1997, but it's sims there folded after a few months.
Fleet 74 suffered as CompuServe declined in popularity in the mid 1990s, and is believed to have disbanded sometime in the late 1990s.
- ↑ I don't know the exact date, but the rumors from the early days put it back in the ca 1992 range. CompuServe published an annual guide to its service; Fleet 74 is not listed in the 1990 guide. If anyone has later guides, it would be interesting to see if it is listed. Chas Jan 2017