No need to be sorry, it's a legitimate question. As a new member coming into the game it's not expected that you'll know the history and context of why modded ships are in the game when there's no current manner of modding them. It's only natural to ask.
You'll have to forgive some of the staff around here for their terse manner, they really do mean to be helpful and beneath that cranky-vet veneer, they do provide answers!
As Arete said, there is no need to apologize. It was not my intent to be too brusque in my reply and I'm sorry if it came across in that manner. I only wanted to point out the benefit of perusing the forums first before posting and even using the search feature. If you have further questions please feel free to ask. Or search! :P