Alfred class Gunboat
|Alfred class Gunboat|
Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
|Type: PG Gun Boat|
|Cost|| MCr219.95 (base)|
|Model||No information yet available.|
|Passengers||0 High/Med 0 Low|
|QSP||No information yet available.|
|Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard Shipyard v1.13 written by Andrea Vallance.|
The Alfred class Gunboat is a fairly capable vessel built on the whim of a noble.
The Alfred class Gunboat was originally designed for service with the 146th Fleet but is used widely across the Domain of Sylea. It is built around a fixed forward-firing Particle Accelerator and a huge power plant, it carries a single crewmember, and it is fiited with an extremely sophisticated computer and advanced onboard electronics. Alfreds are relatively fast and agile but are outpaced and outmaneuvered by dedicated Fighters. Though the bridge is spacious and well appointed there are no crew accommodations and the vessel has relatively limited onboard life support, restricting the class to shorter duration missions.
The vessel is unconventional – it was personally designed by the eccentric 14th Duke of Oreo, a self-taught expert in naval architecture – but successfully passed its naval trials and was accepted for service. The hulls used for the Gunboats are "Oreo Pattern" units: unarmored and constructed in a Close Structure layout at lower tech shipyards.
- The vessel is a TL-15 design.
Basic Ship Characteristics
Following the Imperial Navy and IISS Universal Ship Profile and data, additional information is presented in the format shown here. The small craft factor indicates the number of squadrons (of ten craft) carried on the ship. Tonnage on the universal ship profile is shown in kilotons (thousands of tons) where necessary. 
|1.||Tonnage|| The Alfred class is constructed using a 90 Ton "Oreo Pattern" hull built in a Close Structure configuration. The hull is partially streamlined, giving a relatively limited atmospheric performance that is reliant on its onboard gravitic systems.
|2.||Crew|| x1 crew.
|3.||Performance|| The vessel mounts a Maneuver-5 drive and a Power Plant-24, giving performance of 5-G acceleration. The ship has an agility rating of 5. The internal fuel tankage gives the power plant 4 weeks duration.
|4.||Electronics|| Adjacent to the small craft bridge is a Model/9 computer: no backup computer is installed.
|6.||Armament|| The normal weapons fit-out for it is:
|7.||Defenses|| The hull is unarmored.
|8.||Craft||The vessel carries no subcraft.|
|9.||Fuel Treatment|| The vessel has internal fuel tankage of 21.6 Tons.
|10.||Cost|| The basic cost of the vessel is MCr219.95
|11.||Construction Time|| 36 weeks (8 months) as standard.
|12.||Comments||Standard cargo capacity amounts to 0.2 Tons.|
History & Background (Dossier)
The Alfred class Gunboat sees service in Fleets across the Domain of Sylea and beyond. It was the personal design project of the eccentric but influential 14th Duke of Oreo. It was intended for exclusive use with the 146th Fleet, which is permanently stationed in Oreo Subsector, but has seen extensive service within the Domain.
The 14th Duke was a direct descendant of the aristocratic Halls families, the pre-Imperial rulers of Oreo Subsector. When the Oreo Worlds, the proto-polity they controlled, was absorbed into the expanding Third Imperium they gained a privilege known as the "Oreo Settlement". This mandated that any vessels that were to serve with the 146th Fleet – the designation given to the former Oreo Worlds flotilla and considered by the 14th Duke to be his "personal Fleet" – must be locally designed and manufactured. The privilege had been granted by Cleon I himself and the Duke insisted that it must be honored.
The demand was utterly impractical and strategically suicidal, and the Navy resisted the proposal, eventually resulting in the direct intervention of the Archduke of the Domain. She ruled that all vessels that were to see service with 146th Fleet were to carry an Alfred class Gunboat, an outcome that was acceptable to both the Duke and the Navy. The current Duke has maintained his father's policy and as a result many classes of warship operating within the Domain of Sylea carry at least one Alfred. Some naval officers resent the ongoing Noble influence on naval architecture: others see the broader political benefits that such indulgences can bring.
References & Contributors (Sources)
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- Marc Miller, Frank Chadwick, John Harshman. High Guard (Game Designers Workshop, 1980), 20-37. (Design Sequence Used)
- Traveller Wiki Editorial Team
- Author & Contributor: Lord (Marquis), Captain, and Lead Naval Architect Ronald B. Kline, Jr. of the Imperial Navy
- Author & Contributor: Lord (Marquis) and Master of Sophontology Maksim-Smelchak of the Ministry of Science