Well they did say in "The Drumhead" that 39 ships were destroyed at Wolf 359. This could be taken to mean that there were only 39 ships in the battle and all were destroyed, or that there WERE 40 ships like Hanson said, and one escaped. One could reasonably assume that if this were the case, this lone surviving ship rescued the escape pods from other ships, then hightailed it out of there before the Enterprise arrived.
The only candidates for this mystery ship so far are the Endeavour & Excalibur (both from spoken dialogue in reference to an engagement with the Borg) or the Ahwahnee (from a display, albeit w/ a different registry #). The Tombaugh was assimilated years before Wolf 359. But as far as we know, it might have been a different ship entirely. Hell, it could have been the Bellerophon or the Yamaguchi. We didn't actually see them get destroyed, only entering the battle...
[ August 24, 2001: Message edited by: Dukhat ]
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