Virtue class Light Freighter

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Virtue class Light Freighter
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Published, canon starship design.
Type: TB Transport
Also see
Blueprint No
Canon {{{canon}}}
Cargo 800 Tons
Cost MCr747.879 (base)
MCr598.304 (discounted)
Crew 19
Officers TBD
Enlisted TBD
Hardpoints 15
Hull Cone Hull
Jump J-2
Maneuver 2 G
Model Model/2
Origin Distant Fringe
Passengers 8 High/Med 40 Low
Reference TBD
Size 1500 Tons
Streamlining Streamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–11
Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard.

The Virtue class Light Freighter is a mercantile starship, a Merchant Vessel.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

It is a generic class of civilian vessel, the Light Freighter is a commercial transport commonly encountered along Star Lanes 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.

Image Repository[edit]

J2 1500dT Light Freighter.jpg
A sleek Virtue class Light Freighter.

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 craft) 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 1,500 tons.
  • The Light Freighter is constructed using a 1,500 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 xTBD crew.

The Light Freighter requires requires 19 crew: 5x command, 2x engineering, 6x gunnery, and 5x service, of which 1 doubles up as flight crew for the subcraft as required. In addition, the vessel carries 1 passenger steward.

3. Performance Propulsion:

The vessel mounts a DeVoss-type Jump-2 drive, a Maneuver-1 drive, and a Power plant-2, giving performance of Jump-2 and 1G acceleration. The ship has an agility rating of 0 and an emergency agility of 1. There is fuel tankage of 330 dTons, sufficient for one Jump-2 and giving the power plant four weeks duration.

  • The engineering section has a main control room.
  • The jump drive utilises a lanthanum hull grid.
  • The jump drive is fitted with a jump governor.
4. Electronics Model/2 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 4 dTons. There are 20 staterooms and 40 low berths, primarily used to transport livestock. Double occupancy accommodations are required for all crew. 8 staterooms are available to paying passengers. Cargo capacity amounts to 800 dTons.

  • The vessel is fitted with communications equipment and a sensor suite.
5. Hardpoints xTBD hardpoints.
  • The listed battery groupings are considered standard for the class. Alternative battery groupings may be designated for specific routes.
6. Armament The normal weapons fit-out for it is:
  • The ship is fitted with 14 turrets. These are grouped into:
  • three sandcaster batteries, each consisting of 2 linked triple turrets
  • two missile batteries, each consisting of 4 linked triple turrets

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

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

The basic cost of the vessel, complete with a Ship’s Boat, is MCr747.879.

  • 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 MCr598.304.
11. Construction Time TBD months to build, TBD months in quantity.
12. Comments TBD
  • Standard cargo capacity amounts to TBD.0 tons.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

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.

Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities[edit]

No information yet available.

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Merchant Vessel - Freighter:

  1. Type TBD class Light Freighter
    1. Virtue class Light Freighter

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.