Bluestone class Cargo Barge

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Bluestone class Cargo Barge
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Distant Fringe vessel.
Type: WBC Cargo Barge
Category [[ACS]]
Size 3000 Tons
Hull Configuration Conical Hull
Streamlining Streamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–7
Computer Model/2
Jump J-0
Maneuver 2 G
Hardpoints 1
Staterooms 0
Crew 28
    Officers 6
High/Mid Passengers 0
Cargo 2300.0 Tons
Fuel tank 0 Tons
Origin Distant Fringe
Architect Ade Stewart
Year Operational Unknown
End of Service Still in active service.
Cost MCr1,264.700 (base)
MCr1,011.760 (qty)
Quick Ship Profile Not applicable
Blueprint No
Illustration No
Also see Barge
Canon Published, fan design
Era 1105
Reference Fan: Ade Alagoric Stewart
Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using Book 5 High Guard

The Cargo Barge is a mercantile bigcraft.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

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.

Image Repository[edit]

  1. A Bluestone class Cargo Barge in side view.
    J0 3000dT Barge.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 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
  • x9 command, x4 engineering, x4 gunners, x9 service, and x2 passenger stewards.


There are 34 staterooms.

There are 40 Low Berths.

The ship does not have grav plates or inertial compensators: the interior of the ship is set up for zero-gee activity. The vessel has full life support and environmental systems.

  • There are internal monitoring and security systems throughout the vessel. Sections of the ship can be isolated in the event of an emergency.
  • There are multiple small emergency lockers.
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.
  • The Power Plant fuel consists of heavily shielded rods of fissionable material.
  • The engineering section has a main control room.
    • Ladders, gantries and platforms give access to the machinery.
4. Electronics Adjacent to the bridge is a Model/2 Computer: the vessel has a backup Model/2 Computer.
5. Hardpoints x30 hardpoints.
6. Armament The Cargo Barge is unarmed.
7. Defenses The hull is unarmored.

x30 triple Sandcaster turrets, grouped into three batteries each of 10 linked turrets

  • The vessel is not fitted with screens or other passive defensive systems.
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.
  • The ship is a standard design. Detailed architectural plans are widely available and no design fee is chargeable.
  • If multiple examples of the design are ordered all of the ships in the production run qualify for a 20% discount, which reduces the price of each unit to MCr1,011.760.
11. Construction Time 132 weeks (33 months) as standard.
  • Build times can be reduced by mass production and the efficiencies such processes generate, by increased financing, and by allotting additional yard resources and facilities to the construction contract.
12. Comments Cargo capacity amounts to 2,300 dTons.

The ship carries a collapsible fuel tank with a capacity of 2,300 dTons and a stowed volume of 23 dTons.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

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[edit]

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.[3]

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.[4]

Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities[edit]

Different examples of the design are known by many different names but all have very similar performance characteristics and capabilities.

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Merchant Vessel - Transport - Bulk Cargo Carrier:

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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  1. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 10.
  2. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 10.
  3. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  4. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak