Wulf class Free Trader

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Wulf class Free Trader
Distant Fringe Logo.gif
Distant Fringe vessel.
Type: A2 Merchant
Agility {{{agility}}}
Also see Free Trader
Architect Ade Stewart
Blueprint Yes
Canon No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Cargo 60 Tons
Cost MCr107.200 (base)
MCr85.760 (qty)
Crew 7
Officers 1
Enlisted 6
EOS {{{EOS}}}
Era {{{era}}}
Hardpoints 2
Hull [[Cone Hull]]
Illustration {{{illustration}}}
IOC No information yet available.
Jump J-2
Maneuver 2 G
Manufacturer Various
Marines 0
Model Model/2
Origin Distant Fringe
Passengers 6 High/Med 10 Low
QSP AT-BS22
Reference Ade Stewart
Size 200 Tons
Size-cat {{{size-cat}}}
Streamlining Streamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–11
USP AT–2222221–000000–30002-0
Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using Book 5 High Guard

The Wulf class Free Trader is a small merchant starship.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

The Wulf class Free Trader is a generic civilian vessel: it is a small commercial transport commonly encountered within the Distant Fringe region. It is classified as a Commercial Vessel 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 200dT Trader.jpg
The venerable Wulf class Free Trader.

General Description[edit]

The Wulf class is a streamlined, flattened ovoid cone with a mean width of 15 meters, a mean height of 9 meters, and a length of around 49 meters: a small superstructure with a height of 3 meters sits on the top of the vessel. The ship has a total enclosed volume of approximately 2,700 cubic meters. There are three decks: a superstructure deck containing passenger cabins, a split main deck with the forward section housing the bridge and the crew cabins and the aft section containing the upper cargo hold, and a lower deck given over to the main cargo hold and the low berths. The engineering section is located aft and the fuel tanks wrap around the stern. The avionics bay is spacious and can easily be accessed.

J-2 200dT Free Trader Plan.jpg
A basic deck plan of the vessel indicating the general layout and positioning of major elements.

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]
1. Tonnage / Hull The Free Trader is constructed using a 200 dTon hull built in a generally conical configuration. The hull is streamlined and has good atmospheric capability: its atmospheric handling characteristics are heavily reliant on its onboard gravitic systems.
2. Crew Total Crew Complement: x7

Accommodations
There are x11 Staterooms.

There are x10 Low Berths. They are tended by the vessel's steward.

Accessible areas of the hull are fitted with grav plates and inertial compensators and have full life support and environmental systems.

  • There is a 1 dTon secure locker.
  • There are internal monitoring and security systems throughout the vessel. Sections of the ship can be isolated in the event of an emergency.
  • There are multiple Emergency Lockers.
3. Performance / Engineering The vessel mounts a DeVoss-type Jump-2 drive, a Maneuver-2 drive and a Power Plant-2, giving performance of jump-2, 2-G acceleration and producing 4 Energy Points. The ship has an agility rating of 0 and an emergency agility of 2. The internal fuel tankage is sufficient for one Jump-2 and gives the power plant 4 weeks duration.
  • The engineering section has a main control room.
    • Ladders, gantries and platforms give access to the machinery.
  • The jump drive utilizes a hull grid.
  • The jump drive is fitted with a jump governor.
4. Main Section / Electronics Adjacent to the bridge is a Model/2 Computer: there is no backup computer.
5. Hardpoints x2 hardpoints.
  • The listed battery groupings are considered standard for the class. Alternative battery groupings may be designated for specific routes.
6. Armament / Weaponry The normal weapons fit-out for a Wulf is:

x1 triple Beam Laser turrets, firing as an independent battery.

x1 triple Missile turret, firing as an independent battery.

7. Defenses The hull is unarmored.

The vessel is not fitted with screens or other passive defensive systems.

8. Craft / Subcraft The vessel has no subcraft.
9. Fuel Treatment The vessel has internal fuel tankage of 44 dTons.
10. Cost The basic cost of the vessel is MCr107.200.
  • 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 the price per unit to MCr85.760.
11. Construction Time 44 weeks (9 months) as standard.
  • Build times can be reduced by mass production and the efficiencies such processes generate, by increased financing, and by allotting additional yard resources and facilities to the construction contract.
12. Remarks Standard cargo capacity amounts to 60 dTons.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

The Wulf class is a design that dates to the time of the Terran Confederation. It 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]

A number of companies manufacture ships equivalent to the Wulf class. They vary in hull shape and internal layout but all share the same basic design and all have very similar capabilities and performance characteristics.

  • Each variant class is named by the company that produces it: these organizations generally draw on traditional naming protocols. It is not uncommon for a historical class name to be reused.
  • Individual vessels within a class are issued specific serial numbers and transponder codes but traditionally are named by their owners. This is considered a serious affair and a ship with a frivolous name is considered "unlucky".

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Merchant Vessel - Tramp Liners:
Free Trader / Tramp Liner:

  1. Type A class Free Trader
    1. Alexandria class Free Trader
    2. Basil class Merchant
    3. Beowulf class Free Trader
    4. Moraine class Free Trader
    5. Prince Ferren class Far Trader
    6. Regni Yards Type A class Free Trader
    7. Type A1 class Far Trader
    8. Type A-J2 class Free Trader
    9. Type A-P class Free Trader

Far Trader:

  1. Type A2 class Far Trader
    1. April Hare class Far Trader
    2. Avian class Far Trader
    3. Empress Marava class Far Trader
    4. Fanzhhienz class Far Trader
    5. Farrou class Far Trader
    6. Garu class Far Trader
    7. Hero class Far Trader
    8. Hnneshant class Trade Boat
    9. Jayhawk class Far Trader
    10. Khershawn class Trader
    11. Princess Gunnhilde class Far Trader
    12. Salamander class Far Trader
    13. Soho class Light Freighter
    14. Treader class Free Trader
    15. Type A2L class Far Trader
    16. Wulf class Free Trader

Deep Trader / Fast Trader:

  1. Type A3 class Fast Trader
    1. Fat Cat class Far Trader
    2. Trojan Reaches Type A3 class Trader
    3. Type A3L class Far Trader

Armored Trader / Frontier Trader:

  1. Type AA class Armored Merchant
    1. Ronkli class Combat Transport
    2. Star class Armored Merchant

Related Vessels:

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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  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