Type AH class Heavy Merchant

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Type AH class Heavy Merchant
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Third Imperium vessel.
Type: MC Heavy Merchant
Category BCS
Size 5,000 Tons
Hull Configuration Wedge Hull
Streamlining Streamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–14
Computer Model/2 bis
Jump J-1
Maneuver 1 G
Hardpoints 4 (50 possible)
Staterooms 0
Crew 15
    Officers X
High/Mid Passengers 0
Cargo 2911.0 Tons
Fuel tank 0 Tons
Origin Third Imperium
Architect TBD
Manufacturer [[Tukera Lines]]
Year Operational Unknown
End of Service Still in active service.
Cost MCr985.2
Quick Ship Profile MC-05S11
Blueprint Yes
Illustration Yes
Also see Freighter
Canon Published, fan design
Era 1105
Reference The Traveller Adventure 140.
Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard.

The Type AH class Heavy Merchant is a mercantile starship.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

Using a 5,000-ton hull, the Hercules heavy merchant is a bulk and containerized cargo carrier developed and produced for operations in the Aramis and neighbouring subsectors by Akerut. [1]

The Hercules is a heavy duty carrier used for both bulk cargo and containerized shipments. The ship is in service primarily in the Aramis Subsector, but several examples are also in service with Tukera. Because its Jump-1 drives make larger distances difficult, Akerut maintains a supply of 500-ton demountable fuel tanks (...valued at Cr500,000; can be mounted in 2 weeks) at its starport locations within the subsector. Hercules ships can be fitted with one, two, or even three sets of tanks in their cargo holds, thus displacing cargo capacity. [2]

Because its two Master Fire Directors can control the ship's four turrets without requiring them to be manned, the Hercules crew can be reduced by four members by leaving the turrets unmanned. Normal weapon load is four triple laser turrets grouped into two batteries. [3]

The ship also carries a 40-ton pinnace. [4]

Image Repository[edit]

  1. Hercules class Cargo Transport.
    Hercules class Cargo Transport WTH.jpg
  2. A large cargo transport.
    Hercules class Cargo Transport TTAdv.jpg

General Description & Deck Plans[edit]

No information yet available.

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. [5]

Basic Ship Characteristics [6]
No. Category Remarks
1. Tonnage / Hull 5,000 tons.
2. Crew x15 crew:
3. Performance Propulsion:
  • Jump-1
  • 1-G acceleration
  • Power Plant-1
  • TBD-EPs
  • Agility-TBD
4. Electronics Model/2 bis ship computer.
5. Hardpoints x4 hardpoints.
6. Armament The normal weapons fit-out for a Hercules class is:
7. Defenses None.
8. Craft x1 40-ton Pinnace
9. Fuel Treatment Fuel Tankage: 510 Tons.
10. Cost MCr985.2
11. Construction Time 36 months to build, TBD months in quantity.
12. Comments Standard cargo capacity amounts to 2911.0 tons.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

The Hercules class Cargo Transport is the epitome of the lumbering big ship which results from an attempt to maximize cargo capacity within a starfaring hull. Fully 58% of the ship's displacement is given over to cargo carriage. The Hercules is a proprietary design built for Tukera Lines and Akerut. [7]

The Hercules is optimized for use on the mains. The Hercules can escape from a main by use of a fuel bladder and making a deep space jump from one main to another. [8]

Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities[edit]

Vessel Peculiarities: No information yet available.

Class Naming Practice/s: Ships in the Hercules class carry names suggesting immense size or strength: Hercules, Mammoth, Gigant, Titan, Sampson, Brobdingnag, or Goliath.

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Civilian Ship - Merchant Ship - Cargo Freighter:

  1. Type MC class Cargo Freighter
    1. Balaanii class Merchant Freighter
    2. Garrett Durant class Cargo Hauler
    3. Hellworld class Merchant Cruiser
    4. Hercules class Cargo Transport
    5. Pinyin class Treasure Galleon
    6. Prosperity class Medium Freighter
    7. Type AH class Heavy Merchant
    8. Valiant Conveyor class Liberty Ship

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