I believe that the ship's name is listed if you randomly encounter them. I hate that ship, so I can't remember it's name right now, but I do know that it is two words and one of them sounds derogitory (yes, this is what I remember).
Ship identifications I do know:
Blue Tiger - The blue ship with two nacelles and three engines with the kick-ass weaponry (yes, yes I do have a fleet of these).
Nebula - The tiny ship that looks like that tiny ship in StarCon.
Unidentified Flying Object - The alien ship (obviously).
Cargo Ship - Worst Ship Ever(tm). Slow turning bad acceleration. Looks like a bulldozer, which might make a cool ship in another game, but not this one.
[edit - 7/10/2004 11:00 PM GMT -8]
Star Streaker - Starter ship, my second favorite.
[edit - 7/20/2004 4:26 PM GMT -8]
Terrible Treble - The red ship with the spikes sticking out of it. The subject of this thread. I was right. One of the words is derogitory.