Bathysphere class Prospector's Cutter

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Bathysphere class Prospector's Cutter
Bathypshere-class-Boyd-Stone-THUMB-T5-Jim-K 08-Aug-2019b.jpg
Homegrown industrial smallcraft serving as a utility craft.
Type: UG Prospector's Cutter
Agility 4
Also see Utility Craft
Architect James Kundert
Blueprint No
Canon No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.
Cargo 3.0 Tons
Cost MCr22.5562,
QTY: MCr18.045
Crew 3
Enlisted 2
Officers 1
EOS Still in active service.
Era 1105
Hardpoints 1
Hull Sphere Hull
Illustration No
IOC 1046
Jump J-0
Maneuver 1 G
Manufacturer Various
Marines 0
Model Model/1
Origin Third Imperium
Passengers 0 High/Med 0 Low
QSP UG-6S10
Reference Fan: James Kundert
Size 60 Tons
Size-cat Smallcraft
Streamlining Partially Streamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–14
USP TBD
Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard.

The Bathysphere class Prospector's Cutter is a noncombatant mining smallcraft.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

It is a vessel with 1-G and J-0 performance with a partially streamlined sphere hull.


The Bathysphere is a tail-sitter, with its internal decking perpendicular to the direction of thrust. The hull is a 12-meter diameter sphere with the crew area in one deck just below the equator. The upper half is all one cargo hold with the single turret at the top (...connected to the crew deck by an access tube). The entire top half of the hull splits into four hatches hinged at the equator. With all four open the cutter resembles a large flower, but can (...with skilled rope work) almost double its cargo capacity. The bottom half of the sphere contains the drives, fuel, and several smaller cargo compartments.

Image Repository[edit]

  1. Two Bathysphere class Prospector's Cutters making planetfall.
    Bathypshere-class-Boyd-Stone-T5-Jim-K 25-July-2019a.jpg

General Description & Deck Plans[edit]

No information yet available.

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]
No. Category Remarks
1. Tonnage / Hull TBD tons.
2. Crew xTBD crew.
3. Performance / Engineering Propulsion:
4. Main Section / Electronics Model/TBD fib ship computer.
5. Hardpoints xTBD hardpoints.
6. Armament / Weaponry The normal weapons fit-out for it is:
  • No information yet available.
7. Defenses Defensive Equipment:
8. Craft / Subcraft TBD
9. Fuel Treatment TBD
10. Cost MCrTBD.
11. Construction Time TBD months to build, TBD months in quantity.
12. Remarks No information yet available.
  • Standard cargo capacity amounts to TBD.0 tons.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

The Duchy of Inar based out of Inar (world) has a vibrant TL-14 or TL-E ship building industry, known for innovative designs and clever Naval Architecture. They are best known for their unstreamlined cylinder hull tail-sitter ship designs and sphere hulled smallcraft specialized for star system defense. They also build some of the finest fusion guns and ECM systems in Imperial Space.

It is one of the well known 60-ton sphere designs of Inar (Deneb 1213).

It was designed for Sternmetal Horizons in 1046, and entered the general market in 1052. It serves as an alternative to the well-used Seeker "class" for belt prospecting. The Bathysphere has all of the cargo capacity of the Seeker (though it lacks a prospector's buggy), without the added expense (and volume) of a Jump Drive.

This design is meant to operate from a central base, which resupplies the cutter and clears its cargo hold for another run. Sternmetal normally operates the so-called "Company Store" Prospector Tender in this roll. This ship can serve 12 cutters, though it usually carries 10 and fills the last two spots with a pair of Bubble class Fuel Cutters (the tender is unstreamlined).

Bathyspheres (...and their tenders) are fairly common within about 12 parsecs of Inar, but are not seen at Inar itself unless being built or serviced, as Inar has no Planetoid Belts.

Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities[edit]

No information yet available.

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Civilian Ship - Industrial Smallcraft:

  1. Type UG class Industrial Smallcraft
    1. Bathysphere class Prospector's Cutter
    2. Prospector class Remote Fuel Scavenger
    3. Tomar class Industrial Mining Launch

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.