But isn't the only way for someone to be deleted by inactivity if they haven't even gone up a level yet? Seems very unlikely someone would OWN a ship without even reaching one level... when I started I WALKED the first level and a half until someone from my faction picked me up.
After leveling up you won't be deleted you just kinda... float around. And your ship stays your ownership....
It's entirely possible that someone could donate enough to get CPs to spawn their own ship and not reach level 1. Or enter a newbie raffle and win one. Or be given one by some older player who thinks that giving newbies their own ships right off the bat is a good thing. So it is possible. Unlikely, yes, but possible.
"May the Grace of Ara go with you, and His Vengeance be wrought upon your enemies."