Sutherland class Ship of the Line

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Sutherland class
Ship of the Line
Unity of Sed Logo.gif
Distant Fringe vessel.
Type: BP Dreadnought
Category BCS
Size 200,000 Tons
Hull Configuration Wedge Hull
Streamlining Streamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–12
Computer Model/6 fib
Jump J-2
Maneuver 5 G
Hardpoints 2,000
Staterooms 0
Crew 1,782
    Officers 253
    Enlisted 1,529
    Marines 200
High/Mid Passengers 0
Cargo 180 Tons
Fuel tank 0 Tons
Origin Unity of Sed
Architect MCr2,647.016
Year Operational Circa 1100.
End of Service 1130 (projected)
Cost MCr264,701.55 (base)
MCr211,761.24 (qty)
Quick Ship Profile Not applicable
Blueprint Yes.
Illustration Yes
Also see Dreadnought
Canon Published, fan design
Era 1105 (Golden Age)
Reference Fan: Ronald B. Kline, Jr.
Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard Shipyard v1.13 written by Andrea Vallance.

The Sutherland class Ship of the Line is a heavy warship.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

It is a heavy battle vessel with 5-G and J-2 performance. They are are in service with the Unity of Sed Navy. Like all vessels in the Distant Fringe their jump performance is limited by their DeVoss Drives.

Image Repository[edit]

  1. A Sutherland class Dreadnought.
    J-2 200000dT Sutherland class Dreadnought.jpg

General Description[edit]

The Sutherland class is a streamlined, flattened wedge with a mean width of 160 meters, a mean height of 95 meters, and a length of around 400 meters: a boxy dorsal superstructure adds an additional 40 meters of height. The superstructure, the squared bows and the irregular shape of the hull increases the overall internal space, giving the ship a total enclosed volume of approximately 2.7 million cubic meters.

J-2 200000dT Sutherland class Dreadnought 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 subcraft) carried on the ship. Tonnage on the universal ship profile is shown in kilotons (...thousands of tons) where necessary. [1]

Basic Ship Characteristics [2]
#. Category Remarks
1. Tonnage / Hull The Sutherland class is constructed using a 200,000 dTon hull built in a wedge configuration. The hull is streamlined and has good atmospheric capability: its atmospheric handling characteristics are entirely reliant on its onboard gravitic systems.
  • Individual sections of the ship are divided by bulkhead walls.
  • There are multiple personnel airlocks. The cargo hold is accessed by doors and has a loading ramp.
  • The bulk of the hull prevents surface landings without the use of a specialized hull cradle to support the vessel.
2. Crew Total Crew Complement: x1,782

There are x894 Staterooms.

  • x894 Staterooms are given over to crew quarters. Flag officers receive a suite of rooms and the captain and senior staff receive individual cabins: other quarters are double or triple occupancy, depending on seniority.
  • There are x12 Low Berths, primarily used to hold casualties until specialized medical assistance is available.

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-5 drive, and a Power Plant-6, giving performance of Jump-2, 5G acceleration, and producing 12,000 Energy Points. The ship has an agility rating of 3 and an emergency agility of 5. 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/6 fib ship computer: there is a backup Model/6fib Computer.
5. Hardpoints 2,000 hardpoints.
  • The listed battery groupings are considered standard for the class. Alternative battery groupings may be designated for specific missions.
6. Armament The normal weapons fit-out for a Sutherland class is:

x1 Type K spinal mount Meson Gun.

x10 100-ton Bays mounting Particle Accelerators

x40 100-ton Bays mounting heavy Missile launchers.

x420 dual Fusion Gun turrets, typically grouped into fourty-two batteries each of 10 linked turrets.

x400 triple Beam Laser turrets, typically grouped into fourty batteries each of 10 linked turrets.

7. Defenses The hull is heavily plated, braced and structurally reinforced, giving it an armor rating of 12.

x10 100-ton Bays mounting Repulsors.

x500 triple Sandcaster turrets, typically grouped into fifty batteries each of 10 linked turrets.

The vessel is equipped with a meson screen and a nuclear damper. It is fitted with backups for each device.

8. Craft Flight Section:

x10 10-dTon Arvan class Fighters

x10 30-dTon Caroline class Heavy Pinnaces

The subcraft are housed in dedicated hangars: the hangars can be sealed and have a total volume of 520 dTons.

Drop Capsules:
x20 Drop Capsule launch tubes.

9. Fuel Treatment The vessel has internal fuel tankage of 52,000 dTons.
10. Cost The basic cost of the vessel is MCr264,701.550.
  • Architects Fee: MCr2,647.016.
  • 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 MCr211,761.240.
11. Construction Time 224 weeks (56 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 180 dTons.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

Sutherland class dreadnoughts serve with The Righteous Hand, the navy of the Unity of Sed.

The technological advancement of worlds such as Jaradin, in Halcyon Sector, allow the construction of substantially larger and better armed vessels than are commonly encountered within the Distant Fringe. The huge Sutherland class are characteristic of this, and in the hands of the psychotic Unity of Sed they present a considerable danger to other polities of the region. They give the Unity a substantial advantage in its ongoing arms race against The Last Line and other enemies.

The Sutherland class represent a huge investment in time and resources for the Unity. They embody the power of the state and form the flagships of Unity squadrons. They are protected by escorts and other smaller classes of vessel and primarily operate within the coreward parts of Halcyon Sector. Only one example, the Sutherland, is known for certain to have been completed – it is the namesake of the class. An additional three production models are believed to be under construction or entering service.

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]

Most of the members of this class were named after regions of Sedulan. Sutherland was one of the first regions of the world to convert en masse to Arvanism.

Each vessel within the class is named by the government of the state that produces it. They generally draw on traditional naming protocols and it is not uncommon for a historical class name to be reused.

  • Individual vessels within the class are issued specific serial numbers and transponder codes.
  • Naming a ship is considered a serious affair and is generally accompanied by a traditional ceremony, usually pouring a local beverage over the bows of the craft. Starfarers tend to be superstitious folk and a ship with a frivolous name is considered "unlucky".

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Military Ship - Warship - Pocket Battleship:

  1. Type BP class Pocket Battleship
    1. Artemsus class Strike Battleship
    2. Chtrfiak class Battleship
    3. Courageous class Battleship
    4. Fauve class Battleship
    5. Fenris class Dreadnought
    6. Furious Anger class Battleship
    7. Ixobis class Dreadnought
    8. Kline class Battleship
    9. Kokirrak class Dreadnought
    10. Lefaen class Battleship
    11. Marat class Battleship
    12. Pador class Dreadnought
    13. Plankwell class Dreadnought
    14. Prince Ian II class Battleship
    15. Prince Morris I class Battleship
    16. Prince Roger III class Battleship
    17. Sarriaklir class Battleship
    18. Smelchak class Battleship
    19. Sutherland class Ship of the Line
    20. Tronskia class Dreadnought
    21. Type VB class Battleship
    22. Viepchakl class Battleship
    23. Voroshilef class Battleship
    24. Yrkath Ossu E*Wr class Battleship

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