Joshim P. Stone class Provincial Trader

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Joshim P. Stone class Provincial Trader
Distant Fringe Logo.gif
Type: AF Free Trader
Category ACS
Size 400 Tons
Hull Configuration Cone Hull
Streamlining Streamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–9
Computer Model/1
Jump J-1
Maneuver 1 G
Hardpoints 4
Low Berths 10
Crew 11
    Officers 3
    Enlisted 8
High/Mid Passengers 14
Low Passengers 10
Cargo 210 Tons
Fuel tank Tons
Construction Time 16 Months
Origin Distant Fringe
Cost MCr143.658
Quick Ship Profile AF-DS11
Universal Ship Profile AF-4211111–030000–20003-0
Blueprint No
Illustration Yes
Also see Distant Fringe
Canon Unpublished, fan design
Designer Adie Alegoric Stewart
Design System High Guard
Era 1105
Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard Shipyard v1.13 written by Andrea Vallance.

The Joshim P. Stone class Provincial Trader is a TL–9 Provincial Trader.


The Joshim P. Stone class Provincial Trader is a civilian vessel. It is a commercial transport typically encountered operating within clusters of stars within the Distant Fringe region. It is classified as a merchant vessel and is constructed as a conventional design. Similar designs have been in use from the time the Distant Fringe was first settled.

The Provincial Trader is constructed using a 400-dTon hull built in a generally cone-shaped configuration. The hull is fully streamlined and has airfoil surfaces, giving good atmospheric performance that is reliant on its onboard gravitic systems.Individual sections of the ship are divided by bulkhead walls. There are 2 personnel airlocks located fore and aft respectively. The cargo hold is accessed by doors and hatches and has a loading ramp. The vessel has sturdy retractable legs, allowing surface landings.

Crew complement is 11 consisting of 2 command, 1 engineering, 4 gunnery, and 2 service. The vessel carries 2 passenger stewards.

There are x20 Staterooms. Six Staterooms are given over to crew quarters. The captains receives an individual cabin: all other crew quarters are double occupancy. 14 Staterooms are available to passengers. Typically, two of these staterooms are set aside as a comfortable lounge, a galley, entertainment facilities, and office space, leaving 12 staterooms available to paying passengers. There are 10 Low Berths, typically used for transporting livestock. They are tended by the vessel's steward.

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.

The vessel mounts a DeVoss-type Jump-1 drive, a Maneuver-1 drive and a Power Plant-1, giving performance of jump-1, 1-G acceleration and producing 4 Energy Points. The ship has an agility rating of 0 and an emergency agility of 1. The internal fuel tankage is sufficient for one Jump-1 and gives the power plant 4 weeks duration. The engineering section has a main control room.

Adjacent to the bridge is a Model/1 Computer: there is no backup computer.

There are four hardpoints. The normal weapons fit-out for a Joshim P. Stone is: One triple Beam Laser turret, firing as an independent battery. One triple Missile turret, firing as an independent battery. Each missile rack mounts x3 standard Anti-Shipping Missiles. Two triple Sandcaster turrets, grouped into one battery of two linked turrets.

The ship has a dedicated hangar able to house a vehicle of up to 4-dTons, though no vehicles are ordinarily provided. The hangar may be used as an auxiliary airlock.

Standard cargo capacity amounts to 210 dTons. The cargo hold can be subdivided into sections using removable partition walls. It has independent life support and environmental systems and can be sealed and isolated.

Image Repository[edit]

  1. A Joshim P. Stone class Provincial Trader.
    J-1 400dT Provincial Merchant.jpg

General Description & Deck Plans[edit]

The Joshim P. Stone class is a streamlined cone with a mean width of 11 meters, a mean height of 12 meters, and a length of around 50 meters, tapering towards the aft of the vessel. There is a raised dorsal section referred to as the saddle and two lateral engine pods at the rear of the vessel. The engine pods mount airfoil surfaces and upright tailplanes that give improved atmospheric maneuvering capability. The bridge and main airlock are forward, the passenger and crew cabins are located centrally, the engineering control room lies aft, and below that are the cryogenic facilities and the ventral airlock. A narrow vehicle hangar, lying between heavy drive machinery, is situated directly aft of the cryo section. The ship has a total enclosed volume of approximately 5,400 cubic meters.

J-1 400dT Provincial Merchant Plan.jpg
A basic deck plan of the vessel indicating the general layout and positioning of major elements.

History & Background[edit]

The Provincial Trader is considered underpowered and suffers performance issues in high gravity environments. It is a design that dates to the time of the Terran Confederation: elements of the design and construction indicate that the vessel has Vilani origins. 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.

Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities[edit]

A number of companies manufacture ships equivalent to the Joshim P. Stone 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]

54 Representative Free Trader (AF) Classes[edit]

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Type AF Free Trader


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