Beowulf class Free Trader

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Beowulf class Free Trader

Damaged Beowulf in distress...
Type: A2 Free Trader
Also see Free Trader
Architect TBD
Blueprint Yes
Canon Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Cargo 82.0 Tons
Cost MCr43
Crew 4
Officers 3
Enlisted 1
Era 1105
Hardpoints 2
Hull Wedge Hull
Illustration Yes
Jump J-1
Maneuver 1 G
Marines 0
Model Model/1
Origin Third Imperium
Passengers 6 High/Med 10 Low
Reference Starships and Spacecraft TBD.
Size 200 Tons
Size-cat {{{size-cat}}}
Streamlining Streamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–10
Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard.

A Beowulf class Free Trader or Free Trader Beowulf is one of many standard 200-ton Free Trader designs known to Charted Space.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

Using a 200-ton, TL-10 hull, the Beowulf class Free Trader is an elementary interstellar merchant ship plying the space lanes carrying cargo and passengers. It mounts jump drive-A, maneuver drive-A, and power plant-A, giving a performance of Jump-1 and 1G acceleration. Fuel tankage supports a 1 parsec jump, at 20t per parsec, and one month of operations. Attached to the bridge is a Computer Model/1 std. There are 9 staterooms, an owner's suite, and 20 low berths. There are two single turrets, but without weapons installed. Cargo capacity is 82.0 tons. The ship has a streamlined hull, with scoops and intakes for frontier refueling.

The ship has four crew, and can carry six passengers and 20 low passengers.

Description: Using a 200-ton TL-9 streamlined hull, it is fitted with drives giving it Jump-1 and 1-G acceleration. Fuel tankage supports one Jump-1 and two months of power plant operations. Fuel scoops are included. Installed on the bridge is a computer Model/1 and the default sensor suite. Cargo capacity, the ship’s most important feature, is 82.0 tons, plus a mail vault. The hull is streamlined, and can land on uneven terrain. [1]

Crew Dossier: The free trader requires a crew of four: pilot/astrogator, engineer, medic, and steward. [2]

Image Repository[edit]

  1. A top down schematic of a Beowulf with a typical shuttle.
    Free-Trader-T5-Core-Rules-Pg-358 25-July-2018a.jpg

Basic Ship Characteristics[edit]

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. [3]

Basic Ship Characteristics [4]
#. Category Remarks
1. Tonnage 200 tons. The hull is streamlined.
2. Crew x4 crew. The free trader requires a crew of four: pilot, engineer, medic, and steward. Gunners may be carried if the ship is armed.
3. Performance Propulsion:
  • Jump-1
  • 1-G acceleration
  • Power Plant-TBD
  • TBD-EPs
  • Agility-TBD
4. Electronics Computer Model/1
5. Hardpoints x2 hardpoints
6. Armament No turrets or weaponry are normally installed, but there are two hardpoints and two tons are set aside for fire control. Capacity for two turrets.
7. Defenses Not generally equipped. Sandcasters common on multi-turrets
8. Craft There are no standard ship's vehicles.
9. Fuel Treatment Yes. Scoops and purification. There is fuel tankage for 30.0 tons, sufficient for the power plant and one Jump-1.
10. Cost The ship costs MCr37.08.
11. Construction Time It typically takes eleven months to build.
12. Comments The Type A becomes a popular cornerstone of interstellar commerce by the end of the TL:7-9 technological epoch.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

Remarks: The free trader is an elementary interstellar merchant ship plying the space lanes carrying cargo and passengers. [5]

Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities[edit]

Most of these craft are named after heroes from various sophontic literature sources, particularly from Terran or Vilani literary heroes. [6]

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Merchant Vessel - Tramp Liner:
Free Trader / Tramp Liner:

  1. Type A class Free Trader
    1. Alexandria class Free Trader
    2. Basil class Merchant
    3. Beowulf class Free Trader
    4. Moraine class Free Trader
    5. Regni Yards Type A class Free Trader
    6. Type A-J2 class Free Trader
    7. Type A-P class Free Trader

Far Trader:

  1. Type A1 class Far Trader
  2. Type A2 class Far Trader
    1. Avian class Far Trader
    2. Empress Marava class Far Trader
    3. Garu class Far Trader
    4. Hero class Far Trader
    5. Jayhawk class Far Trader
    6. Prince Ferren class Far Trader
    7. Type A2L class Far Trader

Deep Trader / Fast Trader:

  1. Type A3 class Fast Trader
    1. Fat Cat class Far Trader
    2. Trojan Reaches Type A3 class Trader
    3. Type A3L class Far Trader

Armored Trader / Frontier Trader:

  1. Type AA class Armored Merchant
    1. Ronkli class Combat Transport
    2. Star class Armored Merchant

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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This article was copied or excerpted from the following copyrighted sources and used under license from Far Future Enterprises or by permission of the author.

  1. Marc Miller. "Starship Design and Construction." T5 Core Rules (2013): 358.
  2. Marc Miller. "Starship Design and Construction." T5 Core Rules (2013): 358.
  3. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 10.
  4. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 10.
  5. Marc Miller. "Starship Design and Construction." T5 Core Rules (2013): 358.
  6. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak