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R-class Liners are a commercial or mercantile spacecraft and starcraft. Some shipping companies refer to themselves as "lines" and their ships, which often operate over set routes according to established schedules, as "liners".

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Library Data Referral Tree[edit]

Please refer to the following AAB Library Data for more information:
Starship:

Description (Specifications)[edit]

A Liner is a civilian commercial ship designed for cargo or passenger transport. Liners are usually assigned a Hull Classification of "R." They fill the smallest possible economic niche where regular scheduled freight can regularly be found profitable. Nevertheless, many world-states find it worthwhile to subsidize such trade to ensure its reliability and avoid the vagaries of the interstellar economy. Significantly, most regularly scheduled passenger trade tends to be on smaller vessels. [1]

Image Repository[edit]

Merchant Vessel - R1 Subsidized Merchant:

  1. A Type R in deep spaceflight, far from a mainworld, probably coming into a wilderness refueling.
    Type-R The-Traveller Book-WH-Keith-pg-76 13-May-2019a.jpg
  2. A conversion of a late model Type-R, a Gyro Cadis class Subsidized Merchant, into a Q-Ship.
    Type-R-Q-Ship-Challenge-25-Cropped-Brian-Gibson 15-May-2019c.jpg

Merchant Vessel - R2 Subsidized Merchant:

  1. A side view of a Palatine class Merchant Trader.
    J2 700dT Freighter.jpg
  2. A side view of a Mora class Freighter or RM-class Subsidized Liner, also known as a Type MK class Transport.
    Type-MK-RESIZED-Spinward-Marches-Campaign-Pg30 29-July-2019c.jpg
  3. A side view of a sleek Virtue class Light Freighter.
    J-2 1500dT Freighter.jpg

Merchant Vessel - RP Subsidized Liner:

  1. The Type M class Subsidized Liner: One of the most common subsidized liner types.
    Sub-Liner-WH-Keith-MT-Imp-Encyclo-Pg-36 03-July-2018a.jpg
  2. A side view of a Codori Prime class Luxury Liner.
    J2 800dT Luxury Liner.jpg
  3. A Tukera Longliner by a highport space station.
    Tukera-LongLiner-The-Trav-Adventure-W-Keith 21-May-2019a.jpg
  4. An image of a Lord Somerset class Subsidized Liner.
    Type-M-Sub-Liner-Ian-Stead 83125581905920 27-Jan-2019a.jpg

Spectrum of Civil Shipping in Charted Space[edit]

Spectrum of Civil Shipping in Charted Space: 1105
Cateogries A-class R-class M-class T-class
Synopsis Tramp Liner Freighter Transport & Tanker
Hull Tonnage 100 to 2,499 dTons 100 to 2,499 dTons 2,500 to 999,999 dTons 2,500 to 999,999 dTons or more...
(...rarely more than 1,000,000) dTons
Size-Cat ACS ACS BCS & FCS BCS & FCS (rarely WCS)
Ideal Freight Volume Zero to Low (Hundreds of tons) Medium (Hundreds to Thousands of tons) High (Thousands to Tens of Thousands of tons) Very High (Tens to Hundreds of Thousands of tons)
Market Unscheduled low volume, high speculation trade routes Mostly scheduled, medium speculation, subsidized trade routes Scheduled medium and high-volume, low speculation trade routes Scheduled high volume trade routes with massive economies of scale, or massive (...usually government) projects
Rough Market Share 10% 25% 45% 20%
Area of Influence Cluster or Trace+ Subsector+ Sector Multi-Sector
Business Fledgling Line Subsector-wide Line & Interface Line Sector-wide Line Multi-sector Line
Remarks Merchant Princes & Adventurers Scheduled & Subsidized Trade Backbone of Merchant Trade Corporate Bulk Trade
NOTES: While standards exist, ship naming standards evolve with time and over tech epochs. Class naming comments are only generalizations and many exceptions exist. Trade is heavily affected by local regulations, the rule of law, and local security conditions. WCS-class vessels are not ordinarily used for merchant missions as they are too large and expensive.

Strategy & Tactics (Doctrine)[edit]

Subsidized Liners are commercial or mercantile starcraft. They typically cover low to medium volume trade routes with medium risk speculation. Such routes are key to pocket empires as needed services so they are often subsidized to encourage market growth. They are not intended for military use and have little recourse other than to flee for their lives if confronted by corsair vessels or other hostiles. [2]

Supraclass Roles[edit]

Liners typically serve the following roles:
Largecraft & Bigcraft:

R-class Liner Supraclass Archetypes
Archetype Type Code
Armed Liner (RF)
Cargo Hauler (RC)
Cargo Liner (RC)
Carrier Liner (RV)
Clipper (RI)
Container Ship (RC)
Cruise Ship (RPL)
Fast Subsidized Merchant (RF)
Fat Liner (RC)
Freight Carrier (RC)
Freight Liner (RC)
Frontier Liner (RF)
Heavy Liner (RH)
Impromptu Troop Transport (RF)
Interstellar Cruise Liner (RP)
Interstellar Cruise Ship (RP)
Interstellar Liner (RP)
Jumpliner (R)
Light Liner (RL)
Liner (R) (Namesake)
Longliner (R)
Low Transport Liner (RP)
Luxury Liner (RPL)
Luxury Star Liner (RPL)
Medium Liner (RM)
Merchant Liner (R)
Modular Subsidized Merchant (R)
Modular Trader (R)
Nonstandard Trade Liner (RTN)
Passenger Liner (RP)
Passenger Transport (RP)
  1. Colonist (KC)
  2. Tourist (RP)
  3. VIP (RPL)
Provincial Transport (RF)
Space Liners (R)
Starliner (R)
Starmerc Armed Liner (RF)
Subsidized Liner (R)
Subsidized Merchant (R)

Size-Class Roles for Liner Vessels[edit]

  1. Utility Craft (U) (1 to 99 tons)
  2. Light Liner (RL) (100 to 999 tons)
  3. Medium Liner (RM) (1,000 to 1,499 tons)
  4. Heavy Liner (RH) (1,500 to 2,499 tons)
  5. Freighter or Transport (M or T) (2,500 or larger tons)

Civilian Subcraft[edit]

Civilian subcraft (...both smallcraft and bigcraft) are carried by some of these vessels:

  1. Barge (WB)
  2. Utility Craft (U)

Supraclass Archetypal Roles[edit]

These vessels typically serve the following archetypal roles:

R-class Liner Supraclass Archetypes
Archetype Type Code/s Exemplar Remarks
Subsidized Merchant R (Namesake) Type R class Subsidized Merchant Backbone liners build to capitalize upon larger volume market than tramps.
  • R = Regular, Subsidized, Liner, etc.
Fat Trader R1 March class Subsidized Merchant Backbone liners build to capitalize upon larger volume market than tramps.
  • R1 = Regular at J-1
Far Liner R2 Petty class Subsidized Merchant Built to range longer endurance, farther routes.
  • R2 = Regular at J-2
Fast Liner R3 Kolomyia class Fast Liner None
  • R3 = Regular at J-3 or higher
Cargo Liner /
Cargo Cruiser
RC Jose Cadiz Royal Galleon class Cargo Carrier A starship primarily for transporting cargo freight subsidized by local government, often connecting developing or newly discovered areas.
  • C = Cargo
Heavy Liner RH Vespir class Heavy Liner A Heavy Liner is a size-displacement category that includes vessels that weigh between 1,500 to 2,499 tons.
  • H = Heavy
Clipper RI Aurora class Clipper A starship meant for speedy transport of passengers and high value goods.
  • I - clIpper
Light Liner RL Lightning class Frontier Merchant A Light Liner is a size-displacement category that includes vessels that weigh between 100 to 999 tons.
  • L = Light
Medium Liner RM Mora class Freighter A Medium Liner is a size-displacement category that includes vessels that weigh between 1,000 to 1,499 tons.
  • M = Medium
Passenger Liner RP Bastien class Subsidized Liner A starship liner equipped for transporting passengers.
  • P = Passenger
Luxury Liner /
Cruise Liner
RPL King Richard class Interstellar Liner A starship liner equipped for sumptuous luxury living, primarily for transporting passengers
  • P = Passenger
  • L = Luxury
Merchant Liner /
Trade Liner
RT Lord Somerset class Subsidized Liner Merchant Liners are general-purpose design starships, intended to carry both passengers and freight. They are larger than the Far Traders intended for cargoes over 200 tons and over a dozen passengers
  • T = Trade
Nonstandard Trade Liner RTN Maorin Junker class Merchant None
  • N = Nonstandard
Carrier Liner RV Ghost Galleon class Cargo Ship A liner specialized in carrying other starships, smallcraft, and other spaceworthy cargoes, usually via hangars or external mounts. In many cases, these external mounts give them the cargo capacity of a RM or RH despite their actual tonnage classifying them as RL, which helped prompt a separate code. They often rarely need to dock at a highport save to refuel. If refined fuel and cargo for their next destination are available near their breakout point, they may swap out cargo, refuel, and jump away, with speed and efficiency comparable to an Express Boat, blurring the border with the X class. The chief differences are, these vessels can also be used to rescue ships that have lost propulsion (up to their cargo capacity), and they can serve (most often for pirates or pocket empires) as makeshift carriers for small fighter squadrons.
  • V = carrier (see article for explanation)
NOTES: There is semantic overlap between many of the classes and codes. Some codes organize by mission or capability, others by size and tonnage, and yet others by other characteristics.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

The government may subsidize larger commercial vessels (built on type 600 hulls or larger), primarily to assure consistent service to specific worlds. These subsidized merchants are generally assigned a specific route connecting from 2 to 12 worlds of varying characteristics. The route will generally be determined before a subsidized merchant is purchased, to allow tailored design features as may be necessary. When a subsidized merchant is ordered, the ship captain must make the 20% down payment, with the government assuming responsibility for the payments upon delivery, and taking 50% of the gross receipts of the ship while in service. The ship captain is responsible for all expenses and costs of operation. [3]

Subsidized merchants are also subject to mobilization (...and use as auxiliaries) in the event of emergency or hostilities. At the end of 40 years, the vessel is completely paid off, and full title passes to the ship captain, but the vessel remains subject to mobilization in case of government need. [4]

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Civilian Ship - Merchant Vessel - Subsidized Merchant:

  1. Type R1 class Subsidized Merchant AKA Fat Trader
    1. Ghent class Subsidized Merchant
    2. Gyro Cadis class Subsidized Merchant
    3. March class Subsidized Merchant
    4. Type R class Subsidized Merchant
    5. Type RL class Subsidized Merchant
    6. Type RQ class Subsidized Merchant
  2. Type R2 class Subsidized Merchant AKA Far Liner
    1. Akkigish class Subsidized Merchant
    2. Cihzicih class Transport
    3. Nye class Caravel
    4. Palatine class Merchant Trader
    5. Revolver class Modular Liner
    6. Type RL2 class Subsidized Merchant
    7. Type RX class Merchant Trader
  3. Type R3 class Fast Liner AKA Fast Liner
    1. Condor class Subsidized Liner
    2. Kolomyia class Fast Liner
  4. Type RC class Cargo Liner AKA Cargo Liner
    1. Coyotl class Bulk Hauler
    2. Dlaftpar class Cargo Liner
    3. Jose Cadiz Royal Galleon class Cargo Carrier
    4. Kyan Maru class Freighter
    5. Magnadon class Provincial Merchant
    6. Oukhaha class Bulk Hauler
    7. Trader class Provincial Transport
    8. Triad class Merchant
  5. Type RH class Heavy Merchant AKA Heavy Liner
    1. Vespir class Heavy Liner
  6. Type RI class Clipper AKA Clipper
    1. Aurora class Multimission Clipper
    2. Maggart class Clipper
    3. Spartan class Modular Merchant
  7. Type RL class Light Liner AKA Light Liner
    1. Athelstan class Merchant
    2. Lightning class Frontier Merchant
    3. Prosperity class Freighter
    4. Zoe Barrett class Trader
  8. Type RM class Medium Liner AKA Medium Liner
    1. Gamma Haden class Liner
    2. Mora class Freighter
    3. Seeker class Armored Merchant
    4. Star Merchant class Liner
    5. Type MK class Transport
  9. Type RP class Passenger Liner AKA Passenger Liner
    1. Ad Astra class Subsidized Liner
    2. Bastien class Subsidized Liner
    3. Brilliance class Long Liner
    4. Giiphicih class Liner
    5. Gold of Zurrian class Long Liner
    6. Margaret class Longliner
    7. Pride of Vland class Long Liner
    8. Stellar class Liner
    9. Tukera class Longliner
    10. Type HP class Passenger Liner
    11. Type M class Subsidized Liner
    12. Type RT class Longliner
    13. Virtue class Light Freighter
  10. Type RPL class Luxury Liner AKA Luxury Liner
    1. Astral Splendour class Luxury Liner
    2. Celestial Star class Liner
    3. Codori Prime class Luxury Liner
  11. Type RT class Merchant Liner AKA Trade Liner
    1. Eakhau class Merchant
    2. Petty class Subsidized Merchant
    3. Queen class Modular Subsidized Merchant
    4. Shianjo class Liner
    5. Stubbie class Subsidized Merchant
  12. Type RTN class Nonstandard Merchant Liner
    1. Arachnid class Non-standard Merchant Vessel
    2. Maorin Junker class Merchant
    3. Type MN class Non-standard Merchant Vessel

Ship Summary List[edit]

These are among the most common liners found around Charted Space:

68 Representative Liner AKA Subsidized Merchant (R) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Ad Astra class Subsidized Liner RP X ACS TBD Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Akkigish class Subsidized Merchant R2 400 ACS 10 Ziru Sirka 2 3.45 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.
Arachnid class Non-standard Merchant Vessel RTN X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Astral Splendour class Luxury Liner RPL X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Athelstan class Merchant RL 400 ACS 11 Third Imperium 1 2.26 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Aurora class Multimission Clipper RI TBD ACS X Third Imperium X X Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Bastien class Subsidized Liner RP 600 ACS 12 Third Imperium 3 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
Brilliance class Long Liner RP X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Celestial Star class Luxury Liner RPL 2,000 ACS 15 Third Imperium 6 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Cihzicih class Transport R2 800 ACS 15 Hive Federation 2 1.75 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Codori Prime class
Luxury Liner
RPL 800 ACS 11 Distant Fringe 2 2 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Comet Coffin class Low Transport RP 100 ACS 14 Third Imperium 3 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.
Condor class Subsidized Liner R3 600 ACS 11 Third Imperium 3 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Coyotl class Bulk Hauler RC 2,000 ACS 13 Infinity League 2 3 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Dlaftpar class Cargo Liner RC X ACS X Zhodani Consulate X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Eakhau class Merchant RT 400 ACS 14 Aslan Hierate 2 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Gamma Haden class Liner RM 1,000 ACS 11 Distant Fringe 2 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Ghent class Subsidized Merchant R1 400 ACS 9 Third Imperium 1 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Ghost Galleon class Carrier Liner RV 600 ACS 11 Terran Confederation 2 3 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.
Giiphicih class Liner RP 1,200 ACS 15 Hive Federation 2 1.33 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Gold of Zurrian class Long Liner RP 1,000 ACS 15 Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Gyro Cadis class Subsidized Merchant R1 400 ACS 13 Third Imperium 1 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Jose Cadiz Royal Galleon class Cargo Carrier RC 900 ACS 15 Third Imperium 4 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Kolomyia class Merchant Liner R3 1,000 ACS 12 Solomani Confederation 3 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Krinyaoth class Capsular Transport RC 2,000 ACS 25 Ancients X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Kyan Maru class Freighter RC 100 ACS 9 Third Imperium 1 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Lightning class Frontier Merchant RL X ACS X Terran Confederation X X Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Lord Somerset class Subsidized Liner RP X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
LSP Modular Starship R 300 ACS 12 Third Imperium 2 2 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Maagukii class Bulk Carrier RC 400 ACS 11 Third Imperium 2 3 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Maggart class Clipper RI 2,750 BCS 14 Third Imperium 2 2 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Magnadon class Provincial Merchant RC 1,000 ACS 15 Third Imperium 1 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Maorin Junker class Merchant RTN 1,000 ACS 13 Maorin Stat 2 2 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
March class Subsidized Merchant R1 400 ACS 11 Third Imperium 1 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Margaret class Longliner RP 1,000 ACS 12 Third Imperium 4 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Mora class Freighter RM 1,000 ACS 15 Third Imperium 2 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Nye class Caravel R2 600 ACS 11 Free and Holy Federation of Amil 2 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Oukhaha class Bulk Hauler RC 1,600 ACS 12 Aslan Hierate 2 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Palatine class Merchant Trader R2 700 ACS 11 Distant Fringe 2 1 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Petty class Subsidized Merchant RT 400 ACS 12 Third Imperium 1 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Pride of Vland class Long Liner RP 1,000 ACS 15 Third Imperium 4 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Prosperity class Freighter RL X ACS X Third Imperium X X No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Queen class Modular Subsidized Merchant RT X ACS 11 Third Imperium X X Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Revolver class Modular Liner R2 300 ACS 12 Third Imperium 2 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.
Seeker class Armored Merchant RMA 1,000 ACS X Third Imperium 4 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Shianjo class Liner RT X ACS X Zhodani X X No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Spartan class Modular Merchant RI 400 ACS X Third Imperium 2 3 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Star Merchant class Liner RM 1,000 ACS 15 Third Imperium 2 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Stellar class Liner RP 600 ACS 14 Third Imperium 3 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Stellar class Subsidized Liner RP X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Stubbie class Subsidized Merchant RT X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Trader class Provincial Transport RC 1,000 ACS 15 Third Imperium 2 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Triad class Merchant RC 1,000 ACS 15 Third Imperium 2 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Tukera class Longliner RP 980 ACS 12 Third Imperium 2 2 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type HP class Passenger Liner RP 800 ACS X Hive Federation 2 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type M class Subsidized Liner RP 600 ACS TBD Third Imperium 1 3 Yes Yes. Canon publication starship design with a Keith illustration.
Type MK class Transport RM 1,000 ACS 15 Third Imperium 2 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type MN class Non-standard Merchant Vessel RTN X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type R class Subsidized Merchant R1 400 ACS 10 Third Imperium 1 1 Yes Yes. Canon publication starship design with a Keith illustration.
Type R2 class Subsidized Merchant R2 500 ACS 11 Third Imperium 2 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Type RL class Subsidized Merchant R1 600 ACS 9 Third Imperium 1 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Type RL2 class Subsidized Merchant R2 600 ACS 11 Third Imperium 2 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Type RQ class Subsidized Merchant R X ACS X Third Imperium 1 X No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Type RT class Longliner RP 1,000 ACS 12 Third Imperium 4 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type RX class Merchant Trader R2 500 ACS 12 Third Imperium 2 2 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Vespir class Heavy Liner RH 2,000 ACS 12 Third Imperium 2 3 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Virtue class Light Freighter RP 1,500 ACS 11 Distant Fringe 2 1 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Zoe Barrett class Trader RL 900 ACS 12 Distant Fringe 2 4 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.


5 Representative Fat Liner (R1) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Ghent class Subsidized Merchant R1 400 ACS 9 Third Imperium 1 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Gyro Cadis class Subsidized Merchant R1 400 ACS 13 Third Imperium 1 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
March class Subsidized Merchant R1 400 ACS 11 Third Imperium 1 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type R class Subsidized Merchant R1 400 ACS 10 Third Imperium 1 1 Yes Yes. Canon publication starship design with a Keith illustration.
Type RL class Subsidized Merchant R1 600 ACS 9 Third Imperium 1 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.


8 Representative Far Liner (R2) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Akkigish class Subsidized Merchant R2 400 ACS 10 Ziru Sirka 2 3.45 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.
Cihzicih class Transport R2 800 ACS 15 Hive Federation 2 1.75 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Nye class Caravel R2 600 ACS 11 Free and Holy Federation of Amil 2 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Palatine class Merchant Trader R2 700 ACS 11 Distant Fringe 2 1 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Revolver class Modular Liner R2 300 ACS 12 Third Imperium 2 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.
Type R2 class Subsidized Merchant R2 500 ACS 11 Third Imperium 2 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Type RL2 class Subsidized Merchant R2 600 ACS 11 Third Imperium 2 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Type RX class Merchant Trader R2 500 ACS 12 Third Imperium 2 2 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.


2 Representative Fast Liner (R3) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Condor class Subsidized Liner R3 600 ACS 11 Third Imperium 3 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Kolomyia class Merchant Liner R3 1,000 ACS 12 Solomani Confederation 3 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.


10 Representative Cargo Liner (RC) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Coyotl class Bulk Hauler RC 2,000 ACS 13 Infinity League 2 3 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Dlaftpar class Cargo Liner RC X ACS X Zhodani Consulate X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Jose Cadiz Royal Galleon class Cargo Carrier RC 900 ACS 15 Third Imperium 4 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Krinyaoth class Capsular Transport RC 2,000 ACS 25 Ancients X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Kyan Maru class Freighter RC 100 ACS 9 Third Imperium 1 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Maagukii class Bulk Carrier RC 400 ACS 11 Third Imperium 2 3 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Magnadon class Provincial Merchant RC 1,000 ACS 15 Third Imperium 1 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Oukhaha class Bulk Hauler RC 1,600 ACS 12 Aslan Hierate 2 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Trader class Provincial Transport RC 1,000 ACS 15 Third Imperium 2 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Triad class Merchant RC 1,000 ACS 15 Third Imperium 2 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.


1 Representative Heavy Liner (RH) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Vespir class Heavy Liner RH 2,000 ACS 12 Third Imperium 2 3 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.


3 Representative Clipper (RI) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Aurora class Multimission Clipper RI TBD ACS X Third Imperium X X Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Maggart class Clipper RI 2,750 BCS 14 Third Imperium 2 2 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Spartan class Modular Merchant RI 400 ACS X Third Imperium 2 3 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.


4 Representative Light Liner (RL) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Athelstan class Merchant RL 400 ACS 11 Third Imperium 1 2.26 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Lightning class Frontier Merchant RL X ACS X Terran Confederation X X Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Prosperity class Freighter RL X ACS X Third Imperium X X No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Zoe Barrett class Trader RL 900 ACS 12 Distant Fringe 2 4 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.


5 Representative Medium Liner (RM) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Gamma Haden class Liner RM 1,000 ACS 11 Distant Fringe 2 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Mora class Freighter RM 1,000 ACS 15 Third Imperium 2 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Seeker class Armored Merchant RMA 1,000 ACS X Third Imperium 4 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Star Merchant class Liner RM 1,000 ACS 15 Third Imperium 2 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type MK class Transport RM 1,000 ACS 15 Third Imperium 2 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.


19 Representative Passenger Liner / Longliner (RP) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Ad Astra class Subsidized Liner RP X ACS TBD Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Astral Splendour class Luxury Liner RPL X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Bastien class Subsidized Liner RP 600 ACS 12 Third Imperium 3 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
Brilliance class Long Liner RP X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Celestial Star class Luxury Liner RPL 2,000 ACS 15 Third Imperium 6 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Codori Prime class
Luxury Liner
RPL 800 ACS 11 Distant Fringe 2 2 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Comet Coffin class Low Transport RP 100 ACS 14 Third Imperium 3 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.
Giiphicih class Liner RP 1,200 ACS 15 Hive Federation 2 1.33 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Gold of Zurrian class Long Liner RP 1,000 ACS 15 Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Lord Somerset class Subsidized Liner RP X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Margaret class Longliner RP 1,000 ACS 12 Third Imperium 4 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Pride of Vland class Long Liner RP 1,000 ACS 15 Third Imperium 4 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Stellar class Liner RP 600 ACS 14 Third Imperium 3 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Stellar class Subsidized Liner RP X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Tukera class Longliner RP 980 ACS 12 Third Imperium 2 2 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type HP class Passenger Liner RP 800 ACS X Hive Federation 2 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type M class Subsidized Liner RP 600 ACS TBD Third Imperium 1 3 Yes Yes. Canon publication starship design with a Keith illustration.
Type RT class Longliner RP 1,000 ACS 12 Third Imperium 4 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Virtue class Light Freighter RP 1,500 ACS 11 Distant Fringe 2 1 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.


3 Representative Luxury Liner (RPL) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Astral Splendour class Luxury Liner RPL X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Celestial Star class Luxury Liner RPL 2,000 ACS 15 Third Imperium 6 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Codori Prime class
Luxury Liner
RPL 800 ACS 11 Distant Fringe 2 2 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.


8 Representative Merchant Liner / Trade Liner (RT) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Arachnid class Non-standard Merchant Vessel RTN X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Eakhau class Merchant RT 400 ACS 14 Aslan Hierate 2 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Maorin Junker class Merchant RTN 1,000 ACS 13 Maorin Stat 2 2 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Petty class Subsidized Merchant RT 400 ACS 12 Third Imperium 1 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Queen class Modular Subsidized Merchant RT X ACS 11 Third Imperium X X Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Shianjo class Liner RT X ACS X Zhodani X X No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Stubbie class Subsidized Merchant RT X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type MN class Non-standard Merchant Vessel RTN X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.


3 Representative Nonstandard Trade Liner (RTN) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Arachnid class Non-standard Merchant Vessel RTN X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Maorin Junker class Merchant RTN 1,000 ACS 13 Maorin Stat 2 2 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type MN class Non-standard Merchant Vessel RTN X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.


1 Representative Carrier Liner (RV) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Ghost Galleon class Carrier Liner RV 600 ACS 11 Terran Confederation 2 3 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.


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  1. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  2. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  3. Marc Miller. Starships (Game Designers Workshop, 1977), 7.
  4. Marc Miller. Starships (Game Designers Workshop, 1977), 7.