Jasper class Provincial Merchant

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Jasper class Provincial Merchant
Distant Fringe Logo.gif
TBD
Type: ML Commercial Mercantile Ships
Also see
Architect TBD
Blueprint No
Canon No. Unpublished, non-canon fan ship design.
Cargo 540 Tons
Cost MCr346.755 (base)
MCr277.404 (discounted)
Crew 17
Officers TBD
Enlisted TBD
Era 1105
Hardpoints 9
Hull TBD Hull
Illustration No
IOC TBD
Jump J-1
Maneuver 1 G
Manufacturer Various
Marines TBD
Model Model/TBD
Origin Distant Fringe
Passengers 17 High/Med 20 Low
QSP TBD
Reference TBD
Size 900 Tons
Size-cat {{{size-cat}}}
Streamlining Unstreamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–9
USP TBD
Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard.

The Jasper class Provincial Merchant is a mercantile starship.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

It is a generic class of civilian vessel, the Provincial Merchant is a commercial transport typically encountered operating within clusters of stars within the Distant Fringe region. It is classified as a Commercial Mercantile Ship 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.

Image Repository[edit]

J-1 900dT Provincial Merchant.jpg
A Jasper class Provincial Merchant.

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 subcraft) carried on the ship. Tonnage on the universal ship profile is shown in kilotons (thousands of tons) where necessary. [1]

Basic Ship Characteristics [2]
No. Category Remarks
1. Tonnage / Hull TBD tons.

The Provincial Merchant is constructed using a 900-dTon hull built in a generally cone-shaped configuration. The hull is fully streamlined: the ship is equipped with fuel scoops.

  • Individual sections of the ship are divided by bulkhead walls. Sections of the ship can be isolated in the event of an emergency.
  • The hull includes internal grav plates and inertial compensators. All accessible sections of the hull have life support.
2. Crew x17 crew.

The Provincial Merchant requires x17 crew: x5 command, x1 engineering, x5 gunnery, and x3 service, of which one serves as flight crew for the Ship's Boat when required. In addition, the vessel carries x3 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 1. There is fuel tankage of 99 dTons, sufficient for one jump-1 and giving the power plant four weeks duration. The vessel is fitted with a purification plant.

  • The jump drive utilises a lanthanum hull grid.
  • The jump drive is fitted with a jump governor.
4. Main Section / Electronics Model/TBD fib computer.

Adjacent to the bridge is a computer model/2: the vessel carries an additional backup computer model/2. There is a secure locker with a capacity of 3 dTons. There are 28 staterooms and 20 low berths, primarily used to transport livestock. Double occupancy accommodations are required for all except the command crew. 17 staterooms are available to paying passengers. Cargo capacity amounts to 540 dTons.

  • The vessel is fitted with communications equipment and a sensor array.
5. Hardpoints xTBD hardpoints.
6. Armament / Weaponry The normal weapons fit-out for it is:
  • The ship is fitted with 8 turrets. These are grouped into:
  • Two sandcaster batteries, each consisting of 2 linked triple turrets
  • Two missile batteries, each consisting of 2 linked triple turrets

There is one unused hardpoint and 1 dTon is set aside for fire control.

7. Defenses No information yet available.
8. Craft / Subcraft The ship carries a 40 dTon Ship's Boat housed in a dedicated hangar.
9. Fuel Treatment TBD
10. Cost MCrTBD.

The basic cost of the vessel, complete with a Ship's Boat, is MCr346.755.

  • Both craft are standard designs. Detailed architectural plans are widely available and no design fee is chargeable.
  • If multiple examples of the design are ordered all of the ships in the production run qualify for a 20% discount, which reduces their price to MCr277.404.
11. Construction Time TBD months to build, TBD months in quantity.
12. Remarks No information yet available.
  • Standard cargo capacity amounts to TBD.0 tons.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

The Provincial Merchant is considered underpowered and suffers performance issues in a high gravity environment. 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[edit]

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.[3]

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.[4]

Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities[edit]

No information yet available.

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Scout/Courier:

  1. Type TBD class Vessel
    1. Asia class Scout

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. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 10.
  2. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 10.
  3. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  4. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak