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This is the story of the second ship.
A friend of mine introduced me to this series of books called the Federation Spaceflight Chronology, which had TONS of in depth information about the Star Trek universe up through the TMP and ending around the ST3:TSFS era. One of the neat things about volume one was that it covered some very old style ships that were never seen on screen. It had a very nice section on the Declaration class and the history surrounding those ships.