Type TJ class Merchant
|Type TJ class Merchant|
The bridge of a Type TJ class Merchant.
|Type: AH Merchant Vessel|
|Also see||Tramp Vessel / Type TI class Frontier Transport|
|Canon||Yes. Published, canon starship design.|
|EOS||Still in active service.|
|Passengers|| 0 High/Med |
|Reference||The Traveller Adventure 139.|
|The Starship was designed with the Classic Traveller format, using Book 2 Starships and updated using High Guard and MegaTraveller Referee's Manual.|
The Type TJ class Merchant is a mercantile starship.
- It is a civilian ship and a Merchant Vessel.
- It is also known as the Type TJ class Frontier Merchant or Type TJ class Frontier Transport.
The Type TJ class Merchant is externally identical to the Type TI Frontier Transport; internally, its only difference is the installation of Jump-6 drives and a reduced cargo capacity. While Type TI ships routinely cover backwater regions conducting trade and commerce, the Type TJ ships use their immense jump capacity to serve as clandestine Imperial couriers.
- The rear of a Type TJ class Merchant on the screen of a ship computer.
- A Type TJ class Merchant. The vessel could actually be a misidentified Type TI class Merchant:
The two classes of vessel are externally virtually identical.
General Description & Deck Plans
No information yet available.
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 subcraft) carried on the ship. Tonnage on the universal ship profile is shown in kilotons (...thousands of tons) where necessary. 
|Basic Ship Characteristics |
|1.||Tonnage / Hull||2000 tons. Streamlined cone configuration.|
|2.||Crew|| Crew complement: x21.
The Type TJ carries no passengers.
|3.||Performance / Engineering||Propulsion:|
|4.||Main Section / Electronics||Bridge. Model/6 computer.|
|5.||Hardpoints|| x20 hardpoints.
|6.||Armament / Weaponry||The normal weapons fit-out for the Type TJ is:|
|7.||Defenses|| The hull is unarmored.
The Type TJ is equipped with a nuclear damper.
|8.||Craft / Subcraft||The Type TJ carries a shuttle and an air/raft.|
|9.||Fuel Treatment||Fuel tankage: 1320 tons.|
|10.||Cost||MCr816.2 (including a 1% architect's fee, and a 10% volume production discount).|
|11.||Construction Time||32 months to build.|
|12.||Remarks||The Type TJ carries 194 tons of cargo.|
The Type TJ is covertly operated by Imperiallines, a sector-wide shipping company with facilities throughout the Imperial-dominated regions of the Spinward Marches. It serves as a fast courier and acts on behalf of the OPT, the Emperor's personal intelligence service. Very similar vessels are operated by a number of other front companies throughout Imperial space.
Although their machinery and equipment is kept in excellent running order, Type TJ class merchants are dirty, shabby and patched, often sporting repairs, retrofitted parts, and replacement hull panels. This is deliberately done in order to help camouflage their identity.
Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities
Vessel Peculiarities: The design is not fitted with inertial compensators. The vessel is not equipped with active sensors, entirely relying on passive sensor systems. The vessel transmits a false transponder signal identifying it as a Type TI class Merchant. The transponder is reconfigurable. The vessels are very secure: hijackings are almost unknown.
Class Naming Practice/s: Type TJs are not named; they carry only serial numbers.
Selected Variant Types & Classes
- Type AH class Heavy Trader
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- Marc Miller. Starships (Game Designers Workshop, 1977), 9-21. (Design Sequence Used)
- Marc Miller, Frank Chadwick, John Harshman. High Guard (Game Designers Workshop, 1980), 20-37. (Design Sequence Used)
- Frank Chadwick, John Harshman, J. Andrew Keith, Marc Miller, Loren Wiseman. The Traveller Adventure (Game Designers Workshop, 1983), 139.
- Marc Miller. Rebellion Sourcebook (Game Designers Workshop, 1988), 85.
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