Consul class Provincial Trader
|Consul class Provincial Trader|
Distant Fringe vessel.
|Type: ML Merchant Vessel|
|Also see||Merchant Vessel|
|Canon||No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.|
|Cost|| MCr143.658 (base)|
|Passengers||14 High/Med 10 Low|
|Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard.|
The Consul class Provincial Trader is a mercantile starship.
A generic class of civilian vessel, the Provincial Trader is a commercial transport typically encountered operating within clusters of stars within the Distant Fringe region. It is classified as a Merchant and is constructed as a conventional design. Similar designs have been in use from the time the Distant Fringe was first settled.
- The vessel is a TL-9 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 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|| 400 tons.
The Provincial Trader is constructed using a 400-dTon hull built in a generally cone-shaped configuration. The hull is fully streamlined: the ship is equipped with fuel scoops.
|2.||Crew|| x11 crew.
The Provincial Trader requires requires x11 crew: x2 command, x1 engineering, x4 gunnery, and x2 service. The vessel carries x2 passenger stewards.
|3.||Performance / Engineering|| Propulsion:
The vessel mounts a DeVoss-type jump-1 drive, a maneuver-1 drive, and a power plant 1, giving performance of jump-1 and 1G acceleration. The ship has an agility rating of 0 and an emergency agility of 1. There is fuel tankage of 44 dTons, sufficient for one jump-1 and giving the power plant four weeks duration.
|4.||Main Section / Electronics|| Model/TBD fib computer.
Adjacent to the bridge is a computer model/1. The vessel has a secure locker with a capacity of 3 dTons. There are 15 staterooms and 10 low berths, primarily used to transport livestock. Cargo capacity amounts to 210 dTons. Double occupancy is normal practice for all crew except the ship’s captain. 14 staterooms are available to paying passengers.
|6.||Armament / Weaponry|| The normal weapons fit-out for it is:
|7.||Defenses||No information yet available.|
|8.||Craft / Subcraft||The ship has a dedicated hangar able to house a vehicle of up to 4-dTons, though no subcraft or vehicles are provided.|
The basic cost of the vessel is MCr143.658.
|11.||Construction Time||TBD months to build, TBD months in quantity.|
|12.||Remarks|| No information yet available.
The Provincial Trader is considered underpowered and suffers performance issues in a high gravity environment. It is a design that dates to the time of the Terran Confederation: elements of the design and construction indicate that the vessel has Vilani origins. The design is representative and a large number of variants exist, particularly with regard to the allotted weapons systems, onboard electronics, and the fit out of internal spaces.
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
No information yet available.
Selected Variant Types & Classes
- Type TBD class Provincial Trader
- Consul class Provincial Trader
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- Marc Miller, Frank Chadwick, John Harshman. High Guard (Game Designers Workshop, 1980), 20-37. (Design Sequence Used)
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