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Notes (2019)

This is the system that I implemented at the wiki after extensive discussion with selected members of the Inner Circle and that was approved by MWM.

  • It doesn't fully reconcile with the earlier wiki ship classifications system (..by the amazing Jmattera) or with every Trav edition, but it is as close a workable compromise as is probably possible.
  • If you have a better system and are reading this, please contact the current Traveller RPG Wiki administrator. We should all be open to change and improvement where it is warranted.
Imperial Ship Classification
# Level Designation Synopsis Example/s
1. Ship Mission Codes SUPRACLASS MISSION Free Trader AKA Merchant
2. Ship Type Codes SUPERCLASS TYPE Type A class Free Trader
3. Ship Class Codes CLASS CLASS Beowulf class Free Trader
4. Ship Model Codes MODEL TL & Model TL-14 Beowulf Build
  • Models aren’t always mentioned, but if they are, they are usually referred to by a TL designation.
5. Ship Bloc Codes LOT or BLOC Named Ship “The Lonesome Wolf” of ‘Bloc 312-1115d’
  • Ship Lots or Bloc Codes are rarely used except by naval shipyards, patrol craft, and the like. They are recorded in the ship’s computer as well as a number of places on the hull.
  1. INTERNAL LINK: Ship Mission Code (#1. Top Level)
  2. INTERNAL LINK: Ship Type Code (#2. Second Level)
  3. INTERNAL LINK: Ship Class Code (#3. Third and most common level)
- Maksim-Smelchak (talk) 09:52, 2 May 2019 (EDT)

Military Auxilaries (2019)

Blend Combat Support Ship and Military Auxiliary

- Maksim-Smelchak (talk) 13:59, 6 June 2019 (EDT)

Notes - Research (2019)

Major ship classification systems compared from CT to WIKI.

Letter Code Comparison
Ltr CT
GDW
MT
GDW
T5
MWM
AOTI
MWM
Wiki-1
Jmattera
Wiki-2
MSmelchak
Remarks
A Auxiliary Merchant Vessel Trader Auxiliary Trader A-class Merchant Vessels (Tramps - Cargo & Low-volume Passengers)
  • Military Auxiliaries now go to Q-class
  • Traders or Tramps remain
  • All manner of traders: Free, Deep, Far, etc.
Somewhat consistent.
  • Slightly conflicted.
B Battleship Battleship Monitor Battleship Battleship B-class Battleships Mostly consistent.
C Cruiser Cruiser Cruiser Cruiser Cruiser C-class Cruisers
  • No need to change. Weight tonnage cruisers remain
  • Corvettes go to E-class
  • Small (speed) Cruisers go to E-class
Completely consistent.
D Destroyer Destroyer Destroyer Secondary Modifier Defender (SDB) D-class Destroyers
  • Anything not a destroyer goes to E-class
  • Defenders and SDBs go to H-class
Mostly consistent.
E Escort Escort Corvette, Escort Unused Corvette, Escort E-class Escorts
  • Includes all manner of tiny vessels
  • Brigs, Corvettes, FACs, Sloops, etc.
  • Patrol ships here if military and Imperial Navy. Otherwise to H-class.
Mostly consistent.
F Frigate Fighter, Frigate Freighter Secondary Modifier Fighter, Freighter, Frigate F-class Fighters
  • Only fighters now
  • Fighters = Dedicated combatant smallcraft (...mostly)
  • Fighters bigger than 100 tons go to E-class or elsewhere
  • Non-combat-dedicated utility smallcraft go to U-class
  • Frigates go to E-class
  • Freighters go to A, M, R, or T-class
Somewhat consistent.
  • Slightly conflicted.
G Commercial Vessel Refinery Vessel Frigate Unused Industrial Vessel, Frigate G-class Industrial Vessels (Commercial)
  • Frigates go to E-class
  • Refinery
  • Ag / Farming
  • Factory Ships
  • Refinery ships
Somewhat consistent.
  • Slightly conflicted.
H Fuel Tanker Hunter Vessel Ortillery Ship Unused Ortillery Ship, Security Vessel H-class Security Vessels
  • Defenders (SDBs)
  • Hunters remain
  • Sentinels
  • Patrol ships here unless dedicated Imperial Navy escorts at E-class
  • Quarantine Ships here or in special missions at Z-class
  • Ortillery go to O-class
  • Tankers go to T-class
Somewhat consistent.
  • Slightly conflicted.
I Intruder Vessel Intruder Vessel Unused Unused Assault Transport, Intruder Vessel I-class Combat Transports
  • Includes troop transports, assault landers, etc,
Somewhat consistent.
J Intruder Vessel Intruder Vessel Prospector, Seeker Unused Prospector, Seeker J-class Prospector Vessels
  • Prospectors and seekers remain
  • Intruders go to I-class
Somewhat consistent.
  • Slightly conflicted.
K Courier Vessel, Safari Ship Courier Vessel, Safari Ship Safari Ship Secondary Modifier Expedition Ship, Safari Ship K-class Expedition Ships Mostly consistent.
L Lab Ship Lab Ship Lab Ship Secondary Modifier Lab Ship L-class Science Vessels Completely consistent.
M Merchant Vessel Merchant Vessel Liner Secondary Modifier Liner M-class Merchant Vessels (Freighters - Bulk Freight)
  • No changes although most named liners go to R-class
Mostly consistent.
N Unused Ferry Hospital Ship Unused Hospital Ship N-class Medical Ships
  • Ferries go to Q-class or U-class
Somewhat consistent.
  • Slightly conflicted.
O Ordnance Vessel Unused Unused Secondary Modifier Ortillery Vessel O-class Ortillery Vessels
  • Bombardment Ship
  • Siege Engine
  • etc.
  • Military Ordinance vessels go to Q-class
Inconsistent.
  • Slightly conflicted.
P Fighter Planetoid Vessel Corsair Vessel Unused Corsair Vessel, Patrol Ship, Fighter P-class Corsair Vessels
  • Fighters all go to F-class
  • Planetoids get spread around by their role and function (P is a secondary modifier)
  • Raiders become PR
  • Q-ships become PQ
  • Marauders
  • Privateers
Somewhat consistent.
  • Slightly conflicted.
Q Military Specialty, Decoy Auxiliary, Decoy Unused Secondary Modifier Auxiliary, Decoy Q-class Military Auxiliary/s
  • Decoys
  • Military Speciality
  • All manner of military auxiliaries
  • Hospital remain at N-class
  • Q-ships go to P-class
Somewhat consistent.
  • Slightly conflicted.
R Liner, Battle Rider Liner, Raider Vessel Raider Vessel Battle Rider Merchant Vessel, Raider Vessel R-class Merchant Vessels (Liners - Medium Cargo & Medium-volume Passengers)
  • R now a dedicated merchant code
  • Raiders go to PR
  • Battle riders now classified by role or size (...becomes a secondary modifier)
Somewhat consistent.
  • Slightly conflicted.
S Scout Vessel Scout Vessel Scout Vessel Siege Engine Scout Vessel S-class Scout Vessels
  • Sieges go to O-class
  • Includes all sorts of other Scout vessels, but not explorers, which go to K-class expeditions
Mostly consistent.
  • An inconsistency.
T Tenders, Transports Tankers, Tenders, Transports Tenders, Transports, Tugs Unused Tankers & Transports T-class Tankers & Transports (Bulk Trade Freight)
  • T-class are now dedicated transports and tankers
  • Tenders go to V-class or elsewhere depending on role
  • Patrol ships go to E-class if escorts and H-class if system defenders or security vessels
  • Tugs go to Q-class or U-class
Mostly consistent.
U Utility Craft Tug Packet Ship Unused, Utility Craft U-class Utility Vessels & Utility Craft
  • Packets ships go to X-class
  • Ferries
  • Jump Ship Jump cabooses, jump ferries that are not tenders
  • Tugs remain or go to Q-class if military-dedicated
  • Includes U-class smallcraft except fighters, which are F-class
Somewhat consistent.
  • Slightly conflicted.
V Carrier Carrier Unused Carrier Carrier V-class Subcraft Carriers
  • Carriers
  • Tenders
  • Some tenders go to X-class (Xboat tenders) or T-class if commercial
  • Other possibilities are available although rare
Completely consistent.
W Space Station (Orbital Complex) Barge Barge Unused Space Station, Barge W-class Space Stations & Satellites & Barges (System Craft - Non-Interstellar)
  • Includes little to no drive and no mission beyond the star system
  • Might include far system craft or stations
Somewhat consistent.
  • Slightly conflicted.
X Unused Express Ship Express Ship Unused Communication Vessel, Tender X-class Communication Vessels
  • X-boats
  • X-boat tenders
  • Packets
  • Dedicated non-military couriers
  • Alternate mail ships
  • Relay Ships
  • etc.
Mostly consistent.
Y Yacht Yacht Yacht Unused Yacht Y-class Yachts (Private Craft)
  • All manner of privately owned craft
  • Including commuter or passenger smallcraft if system-dedicated and not elsewhere
Completely consistent.
Z Experimental Craft (Hybrid) Experimental Craft Unclassified Ship Unused Unclassified Ship, Experimental Craft Z class Special Mission Ships Mostly consistent.
- Maksim-Smelchak (talk) 13:54, 16 May 2019 (EDT)

Interstellar Trade Boundaries (2019)

  • Pg. 25, 38-40 GT-Far Trader
    • Cargo Types
      • Wet Bulk
      • Dry Bulk
      • Breakbulk
      • Container
      • RO/RO
  • Pg. 53 GT-Far Trader
    • Cargo (Non-bulk) vs. Freight (Bulk) vs. Passengers
    • (Tramp vs. Trader) & (Freighter vs. Liner)
  • Pg. 55 GT-Far Trader
    • Bulk, Dry
    • Bulk, Gas
    • Bulk, Liquid
    • Breakbulk
  • Need to define these categories so everything can be consistent
    • Breakbulk: Consisting of several individual small and different sized items, loads, or units.
    • Breakbulk Cargo: Packaged but non-containerized cargo. Loose cement, grains, ores, etc., are termed bulk cargo, whereas cargo shipped as a unit (bags, bales, barrels, boxes, cartons, drums, pallets, sacks, vehicles, etc.) is termed break bulk.
    • Bulk: Unpackaged, homogenous, dry or liquid goods, without mark or count and usually free-flowing, bought and sold by weight or volume, such as grains, oils, and ores.
    • Cargo: Goods carried on a ship, aircraft, or motor vehicle.
      • All articles, goods, materials, merchandise, or wares carried onboard an aircraft, ship, train, or truck, and for which an air waybill, or bill of lading, or other receipt is issued by the carrier. It includes livestock, but usually does not include bunkers (fuel for powering the vessel or vehicle), accompanying baggage, vessel or vehicle's equipment and spare parts, mail, and stores. Personnel carried onboard are classified as crew or passengers.
    • Freight: Goods transported in bulk by truck, train, ship, or aircraft.
      • 1. A charge paid for carriage or transportation of goods by air, land, or sea.
      • 2. A colloquial term for freight charge. Goods may be transported on freight-prepaid or freight-collect basis: (1) If the freight is paid by the consignor (as under C&F and CIF terms) the goods remain the consignor's property until their delivery is taken by the consignee upon their arrival at the destination, and payment of the consignor's invoice. (2) If freight is paid by the consignee (as under FOB terms) the goods become the consignee's property when handed over to the carrier against a bill of lading.
    • Container, Containerized: Stowed and shipped, and handled and delivered, as a unit load device (ULD).
    • Unit load device (ULD): Standardized cargo container for air, land, or sea transportation.

Merchant Vessels now formally spread across A, M, R, and T-class with occasional support from others

- Maksim-Smelchak (talk) 20:05, 2 June 2019 (EDT)
Merchant Vessel Letter Code Comparison
Class Mission Class Codes Indication/s (Mission) Freight Volume Remarks
A-class Merchant Vessels (Tramps) Non-Bulk Freight (Cargo & Low-volume Passengers) Low Military Auxiliaries now go to Q-class
  • Traders or Tramps remain
  • All manner of traders: Free, Deep, Far, etc.
R-class Merchant Vessels (Liners) Non-Bulk Freight (Medium Cargo & Medium-volume Passengers) Medium R now a dedicated merchant code
  • Raiders go to PR
  • Battle riders now classified by role or size (...becomes a secondary modifier)
M-class Merchant Vessels (Freighters) Bulk Freight High No changes although most named liners go to R-class
T-class Merchant Vessels (Tankers & Transports) Bulk Freight Very High T-class are now dedicated transports and tankers
  • Tenders go to V-class or elsewhere depending on role
  • Patrol ships go to E-class if escorts and H-class if system defenders or security vessels
  • Tugs go to Q-class or U-class

Ship Navbar (2019)

Line Combatants

  • B-class Battleship
  • C-class Cruiser
  • O-class Orty
  • V-class Carrier

Escort Combatants

  • D-class Destroyer
  • E-class Escort

Military Auxiliary

  • F-class Fighter
  • H-class Security
  • I-class Combat Transport
  • Q-class Combat Support
  • S-class Scout
  • U-class Utility
  • X-class Commo
  • Z-class Spec-Miss

Mercantile Commercial Ships

  • A-class Merchant
  • M-class Liner
  • R-class Liner
  • T-class Transport

Non-Mercantile Commercial Ships

  • G-class Commercial Industrial
  • J-class Prospectors
  • P-class Corsair
  • U-class Utility

Non-Commercial Ships

  • K-class Expedition
  • L-class Research
  • N-class Medical
  • Y-class Private

System Craft

  • W-class Space stations (Orbital Complexes)
  • W-class Satellites
  • W-class Barges

Ship Types Notes (2018)

I've been informed, though can't confirm, the book Agent of the Imperium has a new set of ship type codes. Because the wiki uses our own set of Ship type codes, Ship Hull Designations, Military Starship Types, and Civilian Starship Types.

Can someone post the list from the book to see what changes we would need to make to synchronize the two lists.

- Tjoneslo (talk) 12:25, 7 January 2018 (EST)

Yes, I will post some of my notes.

  • We should also post at CotI and at FB.
- Maksim-Smelchak (talk) 16:36, 7 January 2018 (EST)

Imperial Navy Ship Classification per Agent

Agent type Agent Type Code Wiki Type Wiki type Code
Minor A Auxiliary A
Battle B Battle B
Cruiser C Cruiser C
Seige S SmallCraft S
Carrier V Carrier V
  • Here the only real difference is the S (Seige vs Smallcraft).

ID-2/3: Mission-2:

Agent Mission Agent Mission code Wiki Mission Wiki Mission code
Armored A Heavy A
Beam B Battle B
Monitor D Destroyer D
Fast F Frigate F
Fighter F * F
Strike K Courier K
Lander L Light L
Missile M Missile M
Orbital O * O
Quarantine Q Decoy Q
Rider R Rider R
Slow S Strike S

ID-1/2/3: Type: Remarks: Page/s

  • BB Ikaniil BB (Capital) Beam Battleship Pgs. 9, 18
  • BKF Kobokoon BKF (Capital) Fast Strike Battleship Pgs. 29, 34
  • CB Stalwart CB (Capital) Beam Carrier, INS Stalwart. Pg. 38
  • ISS Talon ISS (Capital) Imperial Scout Service (Cruiser) Pgs. 45, 50
  • BF Extreme BF (Capital) Fast Battleship Pgs. 52, 56
  • AF Ukaammur AF (Non-capital) Fleet Fast Corvette Ukaammur Pgs. 57, 60
  • BB Courageous BB (Capital) Beam Battleship Pgs. 62- 63
  • AF Kadalesh AF (Non-capital) [??] Pgs. 65, 67
  • [Lioness Class] [??] (Capital) [??] Pg. 65
  • BBF Courageous BBF (Capital) Fast Beam Battleship Pgs. 67, 250
  • BB Inarik BB (Capital) Beam Battleship Pg. 84
  • BKF Basiiri BKF (Capital) Fast Strike Battleship Pg. 100
  • INS Argushii [AF?] TF-HA63 Pgs. 111, 122, 227-228
  • BMF Koliliss BMF Fast Missile Battleship Pg. 116-117, 119-120
  • BB Kokaasii BB (Capital) Beam Battleship Pg. x
  • [Yacht] ??? Marquis Pryden. Pg. x
  • BK Lioness Pgs. 189-190, 200-201, 206, 211

Hey Thomas, please note that my notes aren't 100% complete. I still need to review the rest of the book for this kind of detail.

- Maksim-Smelchak (talk) 17:35, 7 January 2018 (EST)