Bluestone class Cargo Barge
|Bluestone class Cargo Barge|
Distant Fringe vessel.
|Type: WBC Cargo Barge|
|Canon||No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.|
|Cost|| MCr1264.700 (base)|
|EOS||Still in active service.|
|Passengers||15 High/Med 0 Low|
|Reference||Fan: Ade Alagoric Stewart|
|Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using Book 5 High Guard|
The Cargo Barge is a low-tech vessel designed to ferry cargo and passengers between locations. It is classified as a Bulk Cargo Carrier. Similar designs have been in use from the time the Distant Fringe was first settled.
- The vessel is a TL-7 design.
General Description & Deck Plans
No information yet available.
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 subcraft) carried on the ship. Tonnage on the universal ship profile is shown in kilotons (...thousands of tons) where necessary. 
|Basic Ship Characteristics |
|1.||Tonnage / Hull||The Cargo Barge is constructed using a 3,000 dTon hull built in a generally cone-shaped configuration. The hull is fully streamlined and has limited airfoil surfaces, giving acceptable atmospheric performance.|
|2.||Crew|| Total Crew Complement: 28
There are 34 staterooms.
There are 40 Low Berths.
|3.||Performance||The vessel mounts an extremely efficient reaction-based Maneuver-2 drive and a Fission Power Plant-2, giving performance of 2-G acceleration and producing 60 Energy Points. The ship has an agility rating of 2. The internal fuel supply provides reaction mass for the Maneuver drive and is considered sufficient to support approximately 4 weeks of operations.|
|4.||Electronics||Adjacent to the bridge is a Model/2 Computer: the vessel has a backup Model/2 Computer.|
|6.||Armament||The Cargo Barge is unarmed.|
|7.||Defenses|| The hull is unarmored.
|8.||Craft||The vessel carries no subcraft.|
|9.||Fuel Treatment||The vessel has an internal fuel tank containing 60 dTons of reaction mass for the Maneuver Drives.|
|10.||Cost|| The basic cost of the vessel is MCr1,264.700.
|11.||Construction Time|| 132 weeks (33 months) as standard.
|12.||Comments||Cargo capacity amounts to 2,300 dTons.|
The Cargo Barge is a low-tech design used for a variety of roles. The design 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
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
Different examples of the design are known by many different names but all have very similar performance characteristics and capabilities.
Selected Variant Types & Classes
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- Marc Miller, Frank Chadwick, John Harshman. High Guard (Game Designers Workshop, 1980), 20-37. (Design Sequence Used)
- Traveller Wiki Editorial Team
- Author & Contributor: Lord (Marquis) and Master Scout Emeritus Adie Alegoric Stewart of the IISS
- Author & Contributor: Lord (Marquis) and Master of Sophontology Maksim-Smelchak of the Ministry of Science