Jack Driscoll class Bulk Freighter
|Jack Driscoll class Bulk Freighter|
|Type: TC Bulk Freighter|
|Also see||Bulk Freighter|
|Architect||Ronald B. Kline, Jr.|
|Canon||No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.|
|EOS||Still in active service.|
|Hull||Close Structure Hull|
|Origin||Nexus Fleet Forces|
|Passengers||6 High/Med 146 Low|
|Reference||Fan: Ronald B. Kline, Jr.|
|Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard Shipyard v1.13 written by Andrea Vallance.|
- It is a civilian ship and a Bulk Freighter.
- The vessel is a TL-11 design.
- Please also see AAB article: Ships of the Distant Fringe.
It is a vessel with 2-G and J-2 performance. The Jack Driscoll was originally designed as an armored transport for service with Nexus Fleet Forces operating within Halcyon Sector: the commercial variant has become an ubiquitous commercial vessel. Under commercial operation, much of the armament is often removed as a money saving gesture. It is classified as a Bulk Cargo Carrier and is constructed as a long-range design. Broadly similar designs of vessel have been in use from the time the Distant Fringe was first settled.
- It carries significant armament and a defensive suite.
- It ordinarily carries four shuttles, four launches, and can deploy drones.
- It has a 36 sophont crew and no marines.
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 Jack Driscoll class is constructed using a 5000 dTon hull built in a close structure configuration. The hull is partially streamlined, giving a relatively limited atmospheric performance that is fundamentally reliant on its onboard gravitic systems.
|2.||Crew||Total Crew Complement: 36
x11 Command, x7 Engineering, x6 Gunnery, x2 Service, x8 Flight (who generally serve as additional service crew when not required for subcraft operations), x1 Steward, and x1 Medic.
There are 30 staterooms.
There are x146 Low Berths, primarily used on commercial vessels for transporting livestock.
|3.||Performance||The vessel mounts a DeVoss-type Jump-2 drive, a Maneuver-2 drive, and a Power Plant-2, giving performance of Jump-2, 2G acceleration, and producing 100 Energy Points. The ship has an agility rating of 1 and an emergency agility of 2. It is a long-range design: the internal fuel tankage is sufficient for two consecutive jump-2s and gives the power plant 4 weeks duration.|
|4.||Electronics||Adjacent to the bridge is a Model/5 Computer: no backup computer is installed.|
|6.||Armament||The normal weapons fit-out for a Jack Driscoll class is:|
|7.||Defenses||The hull is plated, braced and structurally reinforced, giving it a armor rating of 1.
The vessel is not fitted with screens or other passive defensive systems.
Some commercial Jack Driscolls sell off surplus subcraft, with hanger space generally being converted into auxiliary cargo holds. Some hangers are fitted out with additional passenger staterooms or leisure facilities. When staterooms are added, any associated reduction in flight crew is generally offset by the necessary increase in stewards.
|9.||Fuel Treatment||The vessel has internal fuel tankage of 2,100 dTons.
|10.||Cost||The basic cost of the vessel, complete with a full complement of subcraft, is MCr2,315.455.|
|11.||Construction Time||144 weeks (35 months) as standard.
|12.||Comments||Standard cargo capacity amounts to 1,000 dTons.|
Designed and built in the Nexus system, the Jack Driscoll Class Bulk Freighter is a versatile Transport well suited to operations in remote areas. The Jack Driscoll was originally developed for service with the Nexus Fleet Forces. It proved versatile and was used in a variety of roles, including private enterprise when the opportunity arose.
Their rugged construction and excellent endurance made Jacks incredibly popular with their crews and commercial variants (albeit with downgraded sensor and defensive systems) soon began to be manufactured, both at Nexus and other rival shipyards. The Jack Driscoll class operates throughout the Distant Fringe region.
- The military variant of the vessel, considered to be of a superior build quality and with the advantage of improved sensors, continues to be highly sought after by both commercial and private interests.
- Vessels in military service officially use the cryo section for troop transportation and casualty evacuation. It is rumored that low berths aboard military Jack Driscolls have been used to store prisoners over extended periods. Such actions contravene the Rissa Accords.
Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities
A number of companies manufacture commercial variants of the Jack Driscoll class. These vessels are similar in shape, though the internal layout frequently differs between versions, but 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 first crew. This is considered a serious affair and a ship with a frivolous name is considered "unlucky".
Selected Variant Types & Classes
- Bulk Cargo Carrier
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