Horizon class Passenger Liner

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Horizon class Passenger Liner
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Distant Fringe vessel.
Type: MPL Passenger Liner
Category BCS
Size 6,000 Tons
Hull Configuration Cone Hull
Streamlining Streamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–11
Computer Model/4
Jump J-2
Maneuver 3 G
Hardpoints 60
Staterooms 0
Crew 101
    Officers 21
    Enlisted 80
High/Mid Passengers 0
Cargo 360 Tons
Fuel tank 0 Tons
Origin Distant Fringe
Architect Ade Stewart
Year Operational Unknown
End of Service Still in active service.
Cost MCr4,450.284 (base)
MCr3,560.228 (qty)
Quick Ship Profile Not applicable.
Blueprint Yes
Illustration Yes
Also see Liner
Canon Published, fan design
Era 1105
Reference Fan: Adie Alagoric Stewart
Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard Shipyard v1.13 written by Andrea Vallance.

The Horizon class Passenger Liner is a mercantile starship.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

The Passenger Liner is a large commercial transport commonly encountered along Star Lanes within the Distant Fringe region. It is classified as a Luxury Liner and is constructed as a conventional design. Similar designs have been in use from the time the Distant Fringe was first settled.

Image Repository[edit]

  1. A Horizon class Passenger Liner in side view.
    J2 6000dT Passenger Liner.jpg

General Description[edit]

The Horizon class Liner is a two part hull, with the aft section consisting of a streamlined cone with a length of around 75 meters and a forward disk-shaped section with a diameter of around 35 meters. Some elements of the hull are narrower and some are wider, giving the vessel a total enclosed volume of approximately 81,000 cubic meters.

Fuel Tanks wrap around the central and rear sections of the ship. The cargo hold includes the cryogenic (low berth) section. Working sections of the vessel such as the laundry, the galleys and general crew quarters are located aft. Senior officers are accommodated forward, close to the bridge, while stewards have rooms close to passenger cabins. Middle passage accommodations are found in the less desirable midsection of the vessel while first class cabins are located in the rotunda, with windows offering spectacular views. The main commercial and leisure facilities are located in the forward core regions and are focused on the Grand Staircase and the upper rotunda.

J2 6000 dT Horizon class Liner.jpg
A basic deck plan of the vessel indicating the general layout and positioning of major elements.

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 craft) 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 The Passenger Liner is constructed using a 6,000 Ton hull built in a generally conical configuration. The hull is streamlined, giving good atmospheric performance that is further enhanced by its onboard gravitic systems.
2. Crew Total Crew Complement: x101
  • x11 command, x12 engineering, x7 gunnery, and x18 service, of which 6 double up as flight crew for the smallcraft when required. In addition, the vessel carries x50 stewards and x3 medical staff.

There are 600 Staterooms.

  • x65 Staterooms are given over to crew quarters. The command crew (and any celebrities working aboard the ship) have individual cabins: all other quarters are double occupancy.
  • x400 Staterooms are available to Passengers. The stewards see to their needs.
  • x135 staterooms are fitted out as shops and boutiques, entertainment complexes, casinos, spas and gymnasiums, restaurants, cafes, and other similar amenities.

There are 200 Low Berths.

  • The Low Berths are tended by the vessel's medical staff, assisted by properly trained stewards.

Accessible areas of the hull are fitted with grav plates and inertial compensators and have 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 Emergency Lockers.
3. Performance The vessel mounts a DeVoss-type Jump-2 drive, a Maneuver-3 drive, and a Power Plant-3, giving performance of Jump-2, 3-G acceleration, and producing 180 Energy Points. The ship has an agility rating of 2 and an emergency agility of 3. The internal fuel tankage is sufficient for one Jump-2 and gives the power plant 4 weeks duration.
  • The engineering section has a main control room.
    • Ladders, gantries and platforms give access to the machinery.
  • The jump drive utilizes a hull grid.
  • The jump drive is fitted with a jump governor.
4. Electronics Adjacent to the bridge is a Model/4 Computer: the vessel has a backup Model/4 Computer.
5. Hardpoints x60 hardpoints.
  • The listed battery groupings are considered standard for the class. Alternative battery groupings may be designated for specific routes.
6. Armament The normal weapons fit-out for a Passenger Liner is:

x30 triple Beam Laser turrets, forming three batteries of 10 linked turrets

7. Defenses The hull is unarmored.

x30 triple Sandcaster turrets, forming three batteries of 10 linked turrets

The vessel is not fitted with screens or other passive defensive systems.

8. Craft Flight Section

The subcraft are housed in dedicated hangars located at strategic points around the vessel: the hangars can be sealed and have a total volume of 429 Tons.

9. Fuel Treatment The vessel has internal fuel tankage of 1,380 Tons.
10. Cost The basic cost of the vessel, including all of its subcraft, is MCr4,450.284
  • 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 per unit to MCr3,560.228.
  • The vessel and its subcraft are standard designs. Detailed architectural plans are widely available and no design fee is chargeable.
11. Construction Time 123 weeks (29 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 Standard cargo capacity amounts to 360 Tons.
  • The cargo hold can be sealed and has independent life support and environmental systems.
  • Sections of the hold may be isolated if desired and can be provided with specialized environmental conditions, typically refrigeration.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

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. Passenger Liners generally follow predetermined routes, often with extended layovers at locations to allow tourism and sightseeing. Liners of this type have been pressed into service as troop transports during conflicts.

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]

A number of companies manufacture ships equivalent to the Horizon 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[edit]

Civilian Ship - Merchant Vessel - Subsidized Merchant - Passenger Liner:

  1. Type RP class Passenger Liner AKA Passenger Liner
    1. Ad Astra class Subsidized Liner
    2. Bastien class Subsidized Liner
    3. Brilliance class Long Liner
    4. Giiphicih class Liner
    5. Horizon class Passenger Liner
    6. Stellar class Liner
    7. Type HP class Passenger Liner
    8. Type M class Subsidized Liner

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