Virtue class Light Freighter

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Virtue class Light Freighter
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Distant Fringe vessel.
Type: RT Light Freighter
Agility 0
Also see Merchant Vessel - Liner
Architect Ade Stewart
Blueprint Yes.
Canon No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Cargo 800 Tons
Cost MCr747.879 (base)
MCr598.304 (qty)
Crew 19
Enlisted 15
Officers 4
EOS Still in active service.
Era 1105
Hardpoints 15
Hull Cone Hull
Illustration Yes
IOC Unknown
Jump J-2
Maneuver 1 G
Manufacturer Various
Marines 0
Model Model/2
Origin Distant Fringe
Passengers 8 High/Med 40 Low
QSP RT-AS12
Reference Fan: Ade Stewart
Size 1,500 Tons
Size-cat ACS
Streamlining Streamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–11
USP RT–A221221–050000–00004-0
Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard.

The Virtue class Light Freighter is a mercantile starship and a Merchant Vessel.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

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.

Image Repository[edit]

  1. A side view of a sleek Virtue class Light Freighter.
    J-2 1500dT Freighter.jpg

General Description & Deck Plans[edit]

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.

J-2 1500dT Freighter Plan 2.jpg
A basic deck plan of the vessel indicating the general layout and positioning of major elements.

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. [1]

Basic Ship Characteristics [2]
No. Category Remarks
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

Accommodations
There are x20 Staterooms.

There are x40 Low Berths. They are tended by the vessel's Steward.

Accessible areas of the hull are fitted with grav plates and inertial compensators and have full life support and environmental systems.

  • There is a 4 dTon secure locker.
  • There are internal monitoring and security systems throughout the vessel. Sections of the ship can be isolated in the event of an emergency.
  • There are multiple Emergency Lockers.
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.
  • The engineering section has a main control room.
    • Ladders, gantries and platforms give access to the machinery.
  • The jump drive utilizes a hull grid.
  • The jump drive is fitted with a jump governor.
4. Main Section / Electronics Adjacent to the bridge is a Model/2 Computer: there is a backup Model/2 Computer.
5. Hardpoints x15 hardpoints.
  • There is one unused hardpoint: 1 dTon is set aside for fire control.
  • The listed battery groupings are considered standard for the class. Alternative battery groupings may be designated for specific routes.
6. Armament / Weaponry The normal weapons fit-out for a Virtue is:

x8 triple Missile turrets, forming two batteries each of 4 linked turrets.

7. Defenses The hull is unarmored.

x6 triple Sandcaster turrets, forming three batteries each of 2 linked turrets

The vessel is not fitted with screens or other passive defensive systems.

8. Craft Flight Section

The subcraft is housed in a dedicated hangar located in the bows, close to the crew accommodations: the hangar can be sealed and has a total volume of 52 dTons.

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.
  • Both craft are standard designs. Detailed architectural plans are widely available and no design fee is chargeable.
  • If multiple examples of the design are ordered all of the ships in the production run qualify for a 20% discount, which reduces the price per unit to MCr598.304.
11. Construction Time 123 weeks (31 months) as standard.
  • Build times can be reduced by mass production and the efficiencies such processes generate, by increased financing, and by allotting additional yard resources and facilities to the construction contract.
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 (Dossier)[edit]

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.

Distant Fringe Vessels[edit]

The Distant Fringe is said to be a far spinward-rimward area inhabited by colonists and refugees originating on Terra. The region is extremely isolated, separated from the rest of Charted Space by vast, almost uncrossable rifts that were once broached by a system of calibration Points and the use of tankers. Those few academics within Charted Space who have found references to the Distant Fringe regard it as little more than a tall tale. Likewise, many of the inhabitants of the Distant Fringe believe the existence of Charted Space to be mythical.[3]

Vessels originating within the Distant Fringe are very rarely encountered outside of the region. However, misjumps do occur and anomalies with bizarre spacetime and Jumpspace effects exist: as such, craft of this type are not entirely unknown within Charted Space.[4]

Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities[edit]

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[edit]

Some of the best known and most widely produced versions of this superclass include:
Civilian Ship - Merchant Vessel - Subsidized Merchant:

  1. Type RT class Trade Liner AKA Trade Liner
    1. Eakhau class Merchant
    2. Gold of Zurrian class Long Liner
    3. Margaret class Longliner
    4. Petty class Subsidized Merchant
    5. Pride of Vland class Long Liner
    6. Queen class Modular Subsidized Merchant
    7. Shianjo class Liner
    8. Stubbie class Subsidized Merchant
    9. Tukera class Longliner
    10. Type RT class Longliner
    11. Virtue class Light 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. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 10.
  2. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 10.
  3. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  4. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak