Jasper class Provincial Merchant
|Jasper class Provincial Merchant|
|Type: ML Commercial Mercantile Ships|
|Canon||No. Unpublished, non-canon fan ship design.|
|Cost|| MCr346.755 (base)|
|Passengers||17 High/Med 20 Low|
|Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard.|
The Jasper class Provincial Merchant is a mercantile starship.
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.
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|| 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.
|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.
|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.
|6.||Armament / Weaponry|| The normal weapons fit-out for it is:
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.|
The basic cost of the vessel, complete with a Ship's Boat, is MCr346.755.
|11.||Construction Time||TBD months to build, TBD months in quantity.|
|12.||Remarks|| No information yet available.
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
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
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Selected Variant Types & Classes
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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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