Type A class Free Trader

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Type A class Free Trader
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Type A class Free Trader
Type: A Free Trader
Category ACS
Size 200 Tons
Hull Configuration Wedge Hull
Streamlining Streamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–12
Computer Model/1
Jump J-1
Maneuver 1 G
Fuel Treatment Scoops/Purifier
Hardpoints 2
Staterooms 10
Low Berths 20
Crew 4
    Officers 2
    Enlisted 2
High/Mid Passengers 6
Low Passengers 20
Cargo 82 Tons
Fuel tank 30 Tons
Construction Time 11 Months
Origin Third Imperium
Cost MCr37.08
Quick Ship Profile A-BS11
Blueprint Yes
Illustration Yes
Canon Published, canon design
Designer Dave SeringMarc Miller
Design System Book 2
Era 1105
Reference Starships 19.
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] The Type A Free Trader is a 200-ton cargo vessel equipped to handle both freight and passengers. [2] The Type A class Free Trader is one of the most common types of starships found within Charted Space. Many variant types and classes exist of this vessel.


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. [3]

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 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. [4]

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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History & Background[edit]

The Type A becomes the cornerstone of interstellar commerce by the end of TL–9. Numerous models of various tech levels and styles appear over a millennia to the present. The earliest ship models were believed to be from the Vilani Empire before the Ziru Sirka. [5]

Class Naming Practices & 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 literature. [6]

See also[edit]

5 Representative Free Trader (A) Classes[edit]


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