Caine class Troop Transport
| Caine class |
Distant Fringe vessel.
|Type: T Transport|
|Architect||Ronald B. Kline, Jr.|
|Canon||No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.|
|Cost|| MCr3,333.104 (base)|
|Passengers||200 High/Med 100 Low|
|Reference||Fan: Ronald B. Kline, Jr.|
|Streamlining||Partially Streamlined Hull|
|Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard Shipyard v1.13 written by Andrea Vallance.|
- It is a paramilitary ship and a Transport.
- Please also see AAB article: Ships of the Distant Fringe.
- Please also see AAB article: Warships of the Distant Fringe.
The Caine class are long-range paramilitary transports and carry enough internal fuel for two Jump-2s and a reserve Jump-1. They can be fitted with drop tanks as needed in order to cross larger rift zones. The design includes scoops and onboard purification for wilderness refueling, should that opportunity present itself. The craft is capable of 2-G acceleration giving good performance within the gravity wells of most gas giant worlds.
The vessel is fitted with 100 low berths and has sufficient accommodations to house 100 middle passengers and 100 high passengers. It is fitted with a pair of Model/5fib Computers, a remnant of its paramilitary origins and former role as a troop transport. The thick bulkheads and hatches are utilitarian and the entire vessel lacks the style and grace of similar purpose-built liners. It carries twenty 20 dTon Marrel Veckor class Lifeboats. ODS class vessels have multiple hardpoints but are not routinely armed.
The Caine class Troop Transport is a partially streamlined cylinder with a mean diameter of 28 meters and a length of around 130 meters. Some elements of the hull are narrower and some are wider, giving the vessel a total enclosed volume of approximately 81,000 cubic meters.
Much of the interior space is given over to the vessels large fuel tanks, which form the majority of the central and rear sections of the ship, though access ways and workstations are located among them. The cargo hold includes the cryogenic (low berth) section. Working sections of the vessel such as the laundry, the galleys and general crew quarters are located aft. Senior officers are accommodated forward, close to the bridge, while stewards have rooms close to passenger cabins. Middle passage accommodations are found in the less desirable midsection of the vessel while first class cabins are located forward. There is a primary mess hall and an exercise deck.
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 subcraft) carried on the ship. Tonnage on the universal ship profile is shown in kilotons (...thousands of tons) where necessary. 
|Basic Ship Characteristics |
|1.||Tonnage / Hull||The Caine class Troop Transport is constructed using a 6000 dTon hull built in a cylindrical configuration. The hull is partially streamlined, giving a reasonable atmospheric performance that is fundamentally reliant on its gravitic systems.|
|2.||Crew|| Total Crew Complement: x70
|3.||Performance|| The vessel mounts a DeVoss-type Jump-2 drive, a Maneuver-2 drive and a Power Plant-2, giving performance of jump-2, 2-G acceleration, and producing 120 Energy Points. The ship has an agility rating of 1 and an emergency agility of 2. The internal fuel tankage is sufficient for two consecutive Jump-2s and one additional Jump-1 and gives the power plant 6 weeks duration.
|4.||Electronics||Adjacent to the bridge is a Model/5fib Computer: no backup computer is installed.|
|5.||Hardpoints|| x60 hardpoints.
|6.||Armament||The Caine class is unarmed.|
|7.||Defenses|| The hull is unarmored.
The vessel is not fitted with screens or other passive defensive systems.
|9.||Fuel Treatment||The vessel has internal fuel tankage of 3,180 dTons.|
|10.||Cost||The basic cost of the vessel, complete with its complement of subcraft, is MCr3,333.104.|
|11.||Construction Time|| 160 weeks (40 months) as standard.
|12.||Comments||Standard cargo capacity amounts to 220 dTons.|
Caine class Troop Transports are used by the navy of the Bright Conclave. They are designed to operate within the Great Void, a huge rift region lying rimward of the Distant Fringe. A number of examples were decommissioned and sold, ultimately being converted to ODS class Liners.
Distant Fringe Vessels
The Distant Fringe is said to be a far spinward-rimward area inhabited by colonists and refugees originating on Terra. The region is extremely isolated, separated from the rest of Charted Space by vast, almost uncrossable rifts that were once broached by a system of calibration Points and the use of tankers. Those few academics within Charted Space who have found references to the Distant Fringe regard it as little more than a tall tale. Likewise, many of the inhabitants of the Distant Fringe believe the existence of Charted Space to be mythical.
Vessels originating within the Distant Fringe are very rarely encountered outside of the region. However, misjumps do occur and anomalies with bizarre spacetime and Jumpspace effects exist: as such, craft of this type are not entirely unknown within Charted Space.
Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities
A number of companies manufacture ships equivalent to the Caine class. They vary in hull shape and internal layout but all share the same basic design and all have very similar capabilities and performance characteristics.
- Each variant class is named by the company that produces it: these organizations generally draw on traditional naming protocols. It is not uncommon for a historical class name to be reused.
- Individual vessels within a class are issued specific serial numbers and transponder codes but traditionally are named by their first crew, though from a list of approved options. This is considered a serious affair and a ship with a frivolous name is considered "unlucky".
Selected Variant Types & Classes
- Type T class Transport
- Caine class Troop Transport
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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 Scout Emeritus Adie Alegoric Stewart of the IISS
- Author & Contributor: Lord (Marquis) and Master of Sophontology Maksim-Smelchak of the Ministry of Science