Virtue class Light Freighter
|Virtue class Light Freighter|
|Type: AK Subsidized Trader|
|Hull Configuration||Cylinder Hull|
|Offensive||8 triple Missile turrets, 6 triple Sandcaster turrets|
|Fuel tank||330 Tons|
|Carried craft||1 40t Boat|
|Construction Time||31 Months|
|Quick Ship Profile||RT-AS12|
|Universal Ship Profile||AK–A221221–050000–40004-0|
|Canon||Unpublished, fan design|
|Design System||High Guard|
|Reference||Fan: Ade Stewart|
- Please also see: Ships of the Distant Fringe
The Virtue class is a generic civilian vessel: it is a commercial transport commonly encountered along Star Lanes within the Distant Fringe region. It is classified as a Bulk Cargo Carrier and is constructed as a conventional design. Similar designs have been in use from the time the Distant Fringe was first settled.
- The vessel is a TL-11 design.
- A side view of a sleek Virtue class Light Freighter.
General Description & Deck Plans
The Virtue class is a streamlined flattened cone with a mean width of 26 meters, a mean height of 13 meters, and a length of around 92 meters. The hull is wider in some sections and narrower in others, it has large wings and the rear section has large machinery housings, giving the ship a total enclosed volume of approximately 20,250 cubic meters. There are three forward decks, a large forward cargo hold, four narrow central access decks, a large aft hold, and two rear engineering decks. The bridge, the accommodations and the hangar are located forward, while the cryogenic section and the secure locker are situated in the central access decks. The fuel tanks are contained within the wings and the stern.
A basic deck plan of the vessel indicating the general layout and positioning of major elements.
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 craft) carried on the ship. Tonnage on the universal ship profile is shown in kilotons (thousands of tons) where necessary. 
|Basic Ship Characteristics |
|1.||Tonnage||The Light Freighter is constructed using a 1500 dTon hull built in a generally conical configuration. The hull is streamlined and has good atmospheric capability: its atmospheric handling characteristics are heavily reliant on its onboard gravitic systems.|
|2.||Crew||Total Crew Complement: x19
|3.||Performance||The vessel mounts a DeVoss-type Jump-2 drive, a Maneuver-1 drive and a Power Plant-2, giving performance of jump-2, 1-G acceleration and producing 30 Energy Points. The ship has an agility rating of 0 and an emergency agility of 1. The internal fuel tankage is sufficient for one Jump-2 and gives the power plant 4 weeks duration.
|4.||Main Section / Electronics||Adjacent to the bridge is a Model/2 Computer: there is a backup Model/2 Computer.|
|6.||Armament / Weaponry||The normal weapons fit-out for a Virtue is:|
|7.||Defenses||The hull is unarmored.
The vessel is not fitted with screens or other passive defensive systems.
|9.||Fuel Treatment||The vessel has internal fuel tankage of 330 dTons.|
|10.||Cost||The basic cost of the vessel, complete with a Ship’s Boat, is MCr747.879.
|11.||Construction Time||123 weeks (31 months) as standard.
|12.||Remarks||Standard cargo capacity amounts to 800 dTons: this space is divided into a forward hold with a capacity of approximately 350 dTons and an aft hold with a capacity of approximately 450 dTons.|
History & Background
The Virtue class is representative and a large number of variants exist, particularly with regard to the allotted weapons systems, onboard electronics, and the fit out of internal spaces. While they have spacious holds and adequate accommodations, the class are considered underpowered and a number of vessels have suffered catastrophic failure while operating in high-gee environments.
Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities
Vessel Peculiarities: No information yet available.
Class Naming Practice/s: A number of companies manufacture ships equivalent to the Virtue class. They vary in hull shape and internal layout but all share the same basic design and all have very similar capabilities and performance characteristics. Each variant class is named by the company that produces it: these organizations generally draw on traditional naming protocols. It is not uncommon for a historical class name to be reused. Individual vessels within a class are issued specific serial numbers and transponder codes but traditionally are named by their owners. This is considered a serious affair and a ship with a frivolous name is considered "unlucky".
Selected Variant Types & Classes
34 Representative Subsidized Trader (AK) Classes
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|This ship was originally designed using one of the Classic Traveller ship design rules:|