Type TJ class Merchant

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Type TJ class Merchant
Type-TJ-W-H-Keith-CT-THUMB-The-Traveller-Adventure 28-Sept-2019c.png
The bridge of a Type TJ class Merchant.
Type: AH Merchant Vessel
Agility 4
Also see Tramp Vessel / Type TI class Frontier Transport
Architect Marc Miller
Blueprint No
Canon Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Cargo 194.0 Tons
Cost MCr816.2
Crew 20
Enlisted 14
Officers 6
EOS Still in active service.
Era 1105
Hardpoints 20
Hull Cone Hull
Illustration Yes
IOC Unknown
Jump J-6
Maneuver 6 G
Manufacturer Imperial Lines
Marines 0
Model Model/6
Origin Third Imperium
Passengers 0 High/Med
5 Low
QSP AH-VS66
Reference The Traveller Adventure 139.
Size 2,000 Tons
Size-cat ACS
Streamlining Streamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–15
USP AH-B266662-050100-46004-0
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.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

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.

  • Note: The ship's transponder will show it to be a Type TI. Officially, the Type TJ does not exist.

Image Repository[edit]

  1. The rear of a Type TJ class Merchant on the screen of a ship computer.
    Type-TJ-MT-RESIZE-Rob-Caswell-Reb-Sourcebook-pg-85 27-Sept-2019b.jpg
  2. 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.
    Type-TJ-W-H-Keith CT-The-Traveller-Adventure 28-Sept-2019.png

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. [1]

Basic Ship Characteristics [2]
No. Category Remarks
1. Tonnage / Hull 2000 tons. Streamlined cone configuration.
2. Crew Crew complement: x21.
  • x2 bridge crew, x7 engineers, x10 gunners, and x2 ship's troops: qualified individuals serve as flight crew and as a medic as required.

There are x11 staterooms: the captain receives an individual cabin, all other crew quarters are double occupancy.

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.
  • An additional 70 tons of cargo may be carried aboard the shuttle.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

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.

All crew who serve on Type TJs must be sanctioned by Imperiallines. This is company policy and is strictly enforced.

Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities[edit]

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[edit]

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

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. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 10.
  2. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 10.