Golgafrinchan ark fleet ship b

The ship hurtling towards Earth.

The Golgafrinchan Ark Fleet Ship B was a starship designed to relocate the (largely redundant) useless part of the population from the planet Golgafrincham. The ship was led by the Captain, with Number One and Number Two next in charge.



The Golgafrinchan Ark Fleet Ship B was a way of removing the basically useless citizens from the planet Golgafrincham. A variety of stories were formed about the doom of the planet, such as blowing up, crashing into the sun or being eaten by a mutant star goat. The ship was filled with all the middlemen of Golgafrincham, such as the telephone sanitisers, account executives, hairdressers, tired TV producers, insurance salesmen, personnel officers, security guards, public relations executives, and management consultants.

Ark Fleet ships A and C  were supposed to carry the people who ruled, thought, or actually did useful work.

The ship was programmed to crash onto its designated planet, Earth. The captain remembers that he was told a good reason for this, but had forgotten it, although the reason was later revealed to be because the Ark Ship B Golgafrinchans were a 'bunch of useless idiots'.

Flight to Earth[]

After the ship took off, no word was heard from either Golgafrincham or the other A and C ships.

After five years of traveling, Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect were teleported onto the ship. They spoke to the Captain and were very alarmed by the story of the ship.

On Earth[]

The ship crashes onto the supercomputer Earth and is wrecked, but many of the passengers and crew survive. They begin running the planet in accordance with their previous useless ways. Arthur and Ford agree that this explains a lot about later Earth inhabitants.

Fate of Golgafrincham[]

A notation in the Guide about Golgafrincham after the departure of the B Ark states that the entire remaining population subsequently died from a virulent disease contracted from a dirty telephone.

Notable crew and passengers[]

The notable crew and passengers of the ark are:


The Golgafrinchan Ark Fleet Ship B appeared in: