Songbird class Ship's Boat
|Songbird class Ship's Boat|
Distant Fringe vessel.
|Type: UMB Smallcraft|
|Hull Configuration||Cone Hull|
|Fuel tank||0 Tons|
|End of Service||Still in active service.|
|Quick Ship Profile||GF-4A40|
|Also see||Utility Craft - Smallcraft|
|Canon||Published, fan design|
|Reference||Fan: Ade Alagoric Stewart|
|Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using Book 5 High Guard|
- It is a Civilian Ship and an Ship's Boat.
- The vessel is a TL-9 design.
- Please also see AAB article: Ships of the Distant Fringe.
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 craft) carried on the ship. Tonnage on the universal ship profile is shown in kilotons (thousands of tons) when necessary. 
|Basic Ship Characteristics |
|1.||Tonnage||The Ship's Boat is constructed using a 40 dTon hull built in a generally cone-shaped configuration. The hull is fully streamlined and has airfoil surfaces, giving improved atmospheric performance enhanced by its onboard gravitic systems.|
|2.||Crew||Total Crew Complement: 1
|3.||Performance||The vessel mounts a Maneuver-4 drive and a Power Plant-4, giving performance of 4-G acceleration and producing 1.6 Energy Points. The ship has an agility rating of 4. The internal fuel tankage is sufficient to give the power plant approximately 3 weeks duration.
|4.||Electronics||The cockpit contains an acceleration couch and control equipment. The vessel is fitted with a Model/1 Computer: no backup computer is installed.|
|6.||Armament||The Ship's Boat is generally unarmed.|
|7.||Defenses||The hull is unarmored.
|8.||Craft||The vessel carries no subcraft.|
|9.||Fuel Treatment||The vessel has internal fuel tankage of 1.3 dTons.|
|10.||Cost||The basic cost of the vessel is MCr26.275.
|11.||Construction Time||24 weeks (5.5 months) as standard.
|12.||Comments||If the passenger couches are removed the craft has a cargo capacity of up to 25 dTons.|
An ubiquitous design used throughout the Distant Fringe, the Ship's Boat is fast, durable and robust. 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
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.
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.
Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities
Different examples of the design are known by many different names but all have very similar performance characteristics and capabilities.
Selected Variant Types & Classes
- Type UMB class Ship's Boat
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