Akkigish class Subsidized Merchant

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Akkigish class Subsidized Merchant
Sub-Merchant-WH-Keith-MT-Imp-Encyclo-Pg-36 03-July-2018a.jpg
A Vilani classic ship.
Type: AK Subsidized Merchant
Category ACS
Size 400 Tons
Hull Configuration Close Structure Hull
Streamlining Streamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–9
Computer Model/1
Jump J-1
Maneuver 1 G
Hardpoints 2
Staterooms 13
Low Berths 9
Crew 5
    Officers 2
    Enlisted 3
High/Mid Passengers 7
Low Passengers 9
Cargo 200 Tons
Fuel tank 50 Tons
Carried craft 1 20t Launch
Construction Time 14 Months
Origin Third Imperium
Cost MCr101.03
Quick Ship Profile AK-AS12
Universal Ship Profile AK-4211111 000000 10001-0
Blueprint Yes
Illustration Yes
Canon Published, canon design
Designer Marc Miller
Design System Book 2, GURPS
Era 1105

The Akkigish class Subsidized Merchant is a civilian Subsidized Merchant. The Akkigish is largely designed around use as a subsidized merchant.


The Akkigish-class is the prototypical and oldest of the Type R class Subsidized Merchant merchant vessels. The design standards are a standby in shipyards across Charted Space, even outside of the Third Imperium. Subsidized Merchants are usually found operating a set route where part of the operating expenses are met by an outside party in return for some guarantee (usually a courier contract or a regular shipment/passenger contract of some kind). Usually a part of the hold or one or more passenger cabins will be reserved for the use of the subsidizer, and the ship required to service a set and scheduled route.

Constructed using the type 400 hull, the subsidized merchant has jump drive-C, maneuver drive-C, and power plant-C, giving performance of jump-1 and 1-G acceleration. Fuel tankage is 50 tons, sufficient for one jump, plus some maneuver. Fuel scoops are integral with the hull, and a fuel purification plant allows use of unrefined fuel. The rather ordinary bridge is complemented with a Model/1 computer and two tons of fire control for the ship's two turrets. The ship has thirteen staterooms (five for the crew; eight for high or middle passengers); there are nine low berths. The crew consists of a captain/pilot, navigator, medic, steward, and engineer. There exists the potential for two gunners as crew members if weaponry is installed. The ship carries a 20-ton launch for passenger shuttling and minor errands; it is piloted by the navigator or an engineer. Cargo capacity is 200.0 tons. [1]

No turrets or weaponry are installed, but there are two hardpoints and two tons are set aside for fire control. The ship has one 20-ton launch. Cargo capacity is 200 tons. The ship is streamlined. [2]

The Fat Trader requires a crew of five: pilot, navigator, engineer, medic, and steward. The pilot also operates the launch; gunners may be added to the crew list as required. The ship costs MCr101.03 and typically takes fourteen months to build. [3]

Its electronics were hardened for hard deep space use and its engines were designed for minimal maintenance. The power plant was very capable for its size and built to be endlessly expanded and modernized as newer technologies premiered. The hull is solid, and the air control surfaces are effective in atmospheres and in gas giants for wilderness refueling. Even the freshers and galley were well designed for its time.

Dimensions: 46.5 meters long by 10 meters high by 15 meters wide. Wingspan: 32 meters. [4]

The Launch mounted dorsally with integral lifeboat capability, the launch is also used for errands and transfers. Launch mounts for the boat are located on dorsal surface of merchant dismounts for errands and transfers. Maneuver Drives are mounted underneath the fuselage of the Ship’s Boat. [5] A 10-ton Lifeboat may be substituted for the launch if desired. Members of the crew will be cross-trained as small-craft crew for operating the Launch or Lifeboat.

Image Repository[edit]

  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 to a Gyro Cadis class Subsidized Merchant, into a Q-Ship.
    Type-R-Q-Ship-Challenge-25-Brian-Gibson 15-May-2019a.jpg

General Description & Deck Plans[edit]

The subsidized merchant is built on a two level plan. The lower deck contains a full access tunnel-type cargo area adapted to containerized cargo. Each cargo module (of 3.85 tons) can be positioned on the deck and removed through bow, rear, or side doors. The cargo-loading templates show the actual configurations which will pass through the various doors.

The lower level also contains the drives and fuel scoops for the ship's tanks. Fuel is contained in the wings and wing-tips. Small crawlways extend into the wings for access to the landing legs and for exiting beneath the wings.

The upper level contains passenger and crew staterooms, the lounges, the bridge, and the galley. The rear portion of the upper level contains the ship's power plant and the low berths. The transverse bulkhead midway through the upper level is a pressure barrier designed to reduce losses in the event of a hull puncture.

Passenger loading is generally performed using the 20-ton ship's launch. The launch calls at the main starport or even at a local hotel's landing pads and picks up passengers booked for the flight. The ship itself is already in orbit, and the launch mates directly with the berth on the ship's dorsal surface. Passengers then board using the launch access hatch. The launch has provision for eight passengers in addition to the pilot. It can carry 9 tons of cargo.

History & Background[edit]


The Akkigish-class is truly ancient vessel, literally first manufactured thousands of years ago near the end of the Ziru Sirka period. They were superbly built to last and last they have. Some hulls have been literally built and rebuilt dozens upon dozens of times, constantly upgraded with local parts and in local shipyards on their trade routes.

The Akkigishes were solidly built and are still preferred despite newer models such as the March-class or Gyro Cadiz-class being available. When a spacer mentions the Type R class Subsidized Merchant, many picture a trusty Akkigish.

Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities[edit]

There also exists a Akkigish class Far Trader variant, which uses the same hull and basic layout.

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

35 Representative Subsidized Trader (AK) Classes[edit]


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