Joshim P. Stone class Provincial Trader

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Joshim P. Stone class Provincial Trader
Distant Fringe Logo.gif
Distant Fringe vessel.
Type: AL Provincial Trader
Agility 0
Also see Tramp Vessel
Architect Adie Alegoric Stewart
Blueprint No
Canon No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Cargo 210.0 Tons
Cost MCr143.658 (base)
MCr114.927 (discounted)
Crew 11
Enlisted 8
Officers 3
EOS Still in active service.
Era 1105 / 5600AD
Hardpoints 4
Hull Cone Hull
Illustration Yes
IOC Golden Age
Jump J-1
Maneuver 1 G
Manufacturer Various
Marines 0
Model Model/1
Origin Distant Fringe
Passengers 14 High/Med
10 Low
Reference Fan: Adie Alegoric Stewart
Size 400 Tons
Size-cat ACS
Streamlining Streamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–9
USP AL-4211111–030000–20003-0
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 mercantile starship.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

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.

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.

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) when necessary. [1]

Basic Ship Characteristics [2]
No. Category Remarks
1. Tonnage / Hull 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 x2 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.
2. Crew Total Crew Complement: x11.

There are x20 Staterooms.

There are x10 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.
  • There are multiple Emergency Lockers.
3. Performance 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.
    • 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/1 Computer: there is no backup computer.
5. Hardpoints x4 hardpoints.
  • The listed battery groupings are considered standard for the class. Alternative battery groupings may be designated for specific routes.
6. Armament / Weaponry The normal weapons fit-out for a Joshim P. Stone is:

x1 triple Beam Laser turret, firing as an independent battery.

x1 triple Missile turret, firing as an independent battery.

7. Defenses The hull is unarmored.

x2 triple Sandcaster turrets, grouped into one battery of 2 linked turrets.

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

8. Craft / Drones 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.
9. Fuel Treatment The vessel has internal fuel tankage of 44 dTons.
10. Cost The basic cost of the vessel is MCr143.658.
  • The craft 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 per unit to MCr114.927.
11. Construction Time 64 weeks (16 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. Remarks Standard cargo capacity amounts to 210 dTons.

History & Background (Dossier)[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.

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 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]

Merchant Vessel - Light Trader:

  1. Type AL class Light Trader
    1. Anjou class Freighter
    2. Aoa'iw class Light Trader
    3. Burning Sky class Merchant Schooner
    4. Consul class Provincial Trader
    5. Fortune class Merchant
    6. Garuda class Modular Systems Vessel
    7. Joshim P. Stone class Provincial Trader
    8. Liz Zhorka class Light Trader
    9. Manta class Small Merchant
    10. Panga class Merchant
    11. Paya class Light Freighter
    12. Rhapsody class Merchant Trader
    13. Tachyon class Light Trader
    14. Unholy Exile class Trader

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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This article was copied or excerpted from the following copyrighted sources and used under license from Far Future Enterprises or by permission of the author.

  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