Empress class Bulk Carrier
|Empress class Bulk Carrier|
Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
|Type: TB Transport|
|Cost|| MCr20549.372 (base)|
|Hull||Dispersed Structure Hull|
|Passengers||7 High/Med 500 Low|
|Reference||Ade Alagoric Stewart|
|This spacecraft is designed with the Classic Traveller format, using Book 5 High Guard|
The Empress class Bulk Carrier is a mercantile starship.
A generic class of civilian vessel, the Bulk Carrier is a large commercial transport commonly encountered operating within clusters of stars within the Distant Fringe region. It is classified as a Bulk Cargo Carrier 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-11 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. 
|Basic Ship Characteristics |
|1.||Tonnage|| TBD tons.
The Bulk Carrier is constructed using a 75000 dTon hull built in a dispersed structure configuration. The hull is unstreamlined.
|2.||Crew|| xTBD crew.
The Bulk Carrier requires x348 crew: 38x command, 53x engineering, 30x gunnery, and 225x service, of which 33 double up as flight crew for the subcraft as required. In addition, the vessel carries a passenger steward and a medic.
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 8250 dTons, sufficient for one Jump-1 and giving the power plant four weeks duration.
|4.||Electronics|| Model/5 computer.
Adjacent to the bridge is a computer model/5: the vessel carries an additional backup computer model/5. There are 200 staterooms and 500 low berths, primarily used to transport livestock. Double occupancy accommodations are required for all except the command crew. 7 staterooms are available to paying passengers. Cargo capacity amounts to 55600 dTons.
|6.||Armament|| The normal weapons fit-out for it is:
There are 520 unused hardpoints but no additional space is set aside for fire control.
|7.||Defenses||No information yet available.|
|8.||Craft||The ship carries two 1200 dTon Heavy Landers and a 40 dTon Ship’s Boat, each housed in a designated berthing position.|
The basic cost of the vessel, complete with its complement of subcraft, is MCr20549.372.
|11.||Construction Time||TBD months to build, TBD months in quantity.|
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 Bulk Carrier
- Empress class Bulk Carrier
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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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- Author & Contributor: Lord (Marquis), Captain, and Lead Naval Architect Ronald B. Kline, Jr. of the Imperial Navy
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