Type A class Free Trader

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Type A class Free Trader
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Type A class Free Trader
Type: A1 Free Trader
Agility 1
Also see Free Trader
Architect Dave Sering, Marc Miller
Blueprint Yes
Canon Yes. Canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
Cargo 82 Tons
Cost MCr37.08
Crew 4
Enlisted 2
Officers 2
EOS Still in active service.
Era 1105
Hardpoints 2
Hull Wedge Hull
Illustration Yes
IOC Unknown
Jump J-1
Maneuver 1 G
Manufacturer Various
Marines 0
Model Model/1
Origin Third Imperium
Passengers 6 High/Med 20 Low
QSP A-BS11
Reference Characters and Combat 24.
Size 200 Tons
Size-cat ACS
Streamlining Streamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–12
USP A1-TBD
Classic Traveller core ship design.

Free Trader (type A): Using a 200-ton hull, the free trader is an elementary interstellar merchant ship plying the space lanes carrying cargo and passengers. [1]

Basic Ship Synopsis[edit]

A Free Trader. 200 tons. Jump-1. 1-G. 30 tons fuel. Model/1. 10 staterooms. 20 low. 2 hardpoints. 82 tons cargo. Streamlined. 4 crew. MCr37.08: 11 months. [3]

Description (Specifications)[edit]

It has jump drive-A, maneuver drive-A, and power plant-A, giving performance of jump-1 and 1-G acceleration. There is fuel tankage for 30 tons, sufficient for the power plant and one jump-1. Adjacent to the bridge is a computer Model/1. There are ten staterooms and twenty low berths. [4]

No turrets or weaponry are installed, but there are two hardpoints and two tons are set aside for fire control. There are no ship's vehicles. Cargo capacity is 82.0 tons. The hull is streamlined. The free trader requires a crew of four: pilot, engineer, medic, and steward. Gunners may be carried if the ship is armed. The ship costs MCr37.08 and typically takes eleven months to build. [5]

Image Repository[edit]

  1. An image of a Beowulf class Free Trader, one of the most common Type A class Free Trader variants.
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  2. An image of a variant Type A class Free Trader.
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  3. An image of a variant Type A class Free Trader.
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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) where necessary. [6]

Basic Ship Characteristics [7]
#. Category Remarks
1. Tonnage 200 tons. The hull is streamlined.
2. Crew x4 crew. The free trader requires a crew of four: pilot, engineer, medic, and steward. Gunners may be carried if the ship is armed.
3. Performance Propulsion:
4. Electronics Computer Model/1
5. Hardpoints x2 hardpoints
6. Armament No turrets or weaponry are normally installed, but there are two hardpoints and two tons are set aside for fire control. Capacity for two turrets.
7. Defenses Not generally equipped. Sandcasters common on multi-turrets
8. Craft There are no ship's vehicles.
9. Fuel Treatment Yes. Scoops and purification. There is fuel tankage for 30 tons, sufficient for the power plant and one Jump-1.
10. Cost The ship costs MCr37.08.
11. Construction Time It typically takes eleven months to build.
12. Comments The Type A becomes the cornerstone of interstellar commerce by the end of the TL:7-9 technological epoch. Numerous models of various tech levels and styles appear over a millennia to the present. The earliest ship models were believed to be Vilani from the Vilani Empire before the Ziru Sirka, but many records were lost after the Rule of Man. [8]

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

The Type A becomes the cornerstone of interstellar commerce by the end of the TL:7-9 tech epoch. It can operate under impromptu circumstances as a tramp liner and typically transports interstellar mail along all but the most frequented trade routes. A great number of variant classes of the Type A have been manufactured over the millennia. [9]

Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities[edit]

The Type A itself doesn't have a specific naming practice. However, it's many classes and subclasses do... The naming practice of the Beowulf class Free Trader are best known. They are named after the heroes of sophontic literature. [10]

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Merchant Vessel - Tramp Liners:
Merchant Vessel - (Free Trader / Tramp Liner):

  1. Type A class Free Trader
    1. Alexandria class Free Trader
    2. Basil class Merchant
    3. Beowulf class Free Trader
    4. Bremen class Caravel
    5. Carrack class Tramp Liner
    6. Coriander class Free Trader
    7. Lune class Freelancer
    8. March Harrier class Free Trader
    9. Moraine class Free Trader
    10. Nymph class Merchant
    11. Regni Yards Type A class Free Trader
    12. Tequila class Free Trader
    13. Type A1 class Free Trader
    14. Type A-J2 class Free Trader
    15. Type A-P class Free Trader
    16. Type TC(S) class Free Trader

Merchant Vessel - (Far Trader):

  1. Type A2 class Far Trader
    1. Akkigish class Far Trader
    2. Akkigish class Subsidized Merchant
    3. April Hare class Far Trader
    4. Avian class Far Trader
    5. Empress Marava class Far Trader
    6. Fanzhienz class Far Trader
    7. Farrou class Far Trader
    8. Garu class Far Trader
    9. Gizicih class General Trader
    10. Hero class Far Trader
    11. Hnneshant class Trade Boat
    12. Hugin class Trader
    13. Jayhawk class Far Trader
    14. Khershawn class Trader
    15. Maru class Merchant
    16. Prince Ferren class Far Trader
    17. Princess Gunnhilde class Far Trader
    18. Salamander class Far Trader
    19. Soho class Light Freighter
    20. Treader class Free Trader
    21. Type A2L class Far Trader
    22. Type HR class Trader
    23. Type VA class Trader
    24. Wulf class Free Trader

Merchant Vessel - (Deep Trader / Long Trader / Fast Trader):

  1. Type A3 class Fast Trader
    1. Fat Cat class Far Trader
    2. Swordfish class Merchant
    3. Trojan Reaches Type A3 class Trader
    4. Type A3L class Far Trader

Merchant Vessel - (Armored Trader / Frontier Trader / Fast Trader):

  1. Type AA class Armored Merchant
    1. Jasper class Provincial Merchant
    2. Khoghue class Armed Junker
    3. Nguksu class Armoured Fast Trader
    4. Star class Armored Merchant
    5. Type RAX class Protected Merchant
    6. Venture class Frontier Trader

Merchant Vessel - Heavy Trader:

  1. Type AH class Heavy Trader
    1. Dakaar class Freighter
    2. Dakaar class Merchant Transport
    3. Leviathan class Merchant Cruiser
    4. Type TI class Merchant
    5. Type TJ class Merchant

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. Joshim P. Stone class Provincial Trader
    7. Liz Zhorka class Light Trader
    8. Manta class Small Merchant
    9. Panga class Merchant
    10. Paya class Light Freighter
    11. Rhapsody class Merchant Trader
    12. Tachyon class Light Trader
    13. Unholy Exile class Trader

Merchant Vessel - Medium Trader:

  1. Type AM class Medium Trader
    1. Anhk class Merchant
    2. Bloodwell class Merchant
    3. Tyrfing class Freighter

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. Marc Miller. Starships (Game Designers Workshop, 1977), 19.
  2. Marc Miller. Characters and Combat (Game Designers Workshop, 1977), 24.
  3. Marc Miller. Starter Traveller (Game Designers Workshop, 1983), 11.
  4. Marc Miller. Starships (Game Designers Workshop, 1977), 19.
  5. Marc Miller. Starships (Game Designers Workshop, 1977), 19.
  6. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 10.
  7. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 10.
  8. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  9. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  10. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak