Virtue class Light Freighter
|Virtue class Light Freighter|
Distant Fringe vessel.
|Type: TB Transport|
|Also see||Merchant Vessel|
|Canon||No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.|
|Cost|| MCr747.879 (base) |
|Passengers||8 High/Med 40 Low|
|Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard.|
The Virtue class is a generic civilian vessel: it 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.
The Virtue class is a streamlined flattened cone with a mean width of 26 meters, a mean height of 13 meters, and a length of around 92 meters. The hull is wider in some sections and narrower in others, it has large wings and the rear section has large machinery housings, giving the ship a total enclosed volume of approximately 20,250 cubic meters. There are three forward decks, a large forward cargo hold, a central access deck, a large aft hold, and a rear engineering deck. The bridge, the accommodations and the hangar are located forward, while the cryogenic section and the secure locker are situated in the central access decks. The fuel tanks are contained within the wings and the stern.
A basic deck plan of the vessel indicating the general layout and positioning of major elements.
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 craft) carried on the ship. Tonnage on the universal ship profile is shown in kilotons (thousands of tons) where necessary. 
|Basic Ship Characteristics |
|1.||Tonnage||The Light Freighter is constructed using a 1500 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: x19
|3.||Performance|| The vessel mounts a DeVoss-type Jump-2 drive, a Maneuver-1 drive and a Power Plant-2, giving performance of jump-2, 1-G acceleration and producing 30 Energy Points. The ship has an agility rating of 0 and an emergency agility of 1. The internal fuel tankage is sufficient for one Jump-2 and gives the power plant 4 weeks duration.
|4.||Main Section / Electronics||Adjacent to the bridge is a Model/2 Computer: there is a backup Model/2 Computer.|
|6.||Armament / Weaponry||The normal weapons fit-out for a Virtue is:|
|7.||Defenses|| The hull is unarmored.
The vessel is not fitted with screens or other passive defensive systems.
|9.||Fuel Treatment||The vessel has internal fuel tankage of 330 dTons.|
|10.||Cost|| The basic cost of the vessel, complete with a Ship’s Boat, is MCr747.879.
|11.||Construction Time|| 123 weeks (31 months) as standard.
|12.||Remarks||Standard cargo capacity amounts to 800 dTons: this space is divided into a forward hold with a capacity of approximately 350 dTons and an aft hold with a capacity of approximately 450 dTons.|
The Virtue class 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. While they have spacious holds and adequate accommodations, the class are considered underpowered and a number of vessels have suffered catastrophic failure while operating in high-gee environments.
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
A number of companies manufacture ships equivalent to the Virtue 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
- Type M class Light Freighter
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