Fringian Free Trader

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Free Trader
Type: ML Commercial Mercantile Ships
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Cargo 70 Tons
Cost MCr107.930 (base)
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Crew 6
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Origin [[Distant Fringe]]
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Size 200 Tons
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Description / Specifications

A generic class of civilian vessel, the Free Trader is a small commercial transport commonly encountered within the Distant Fringe region. It is classified as a Commercial Mercantile Ship 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.


The Free Trader is constructed using a 200-dTon hull built in a generally cone-shaped configuration. The hull is fully streamlined: the ship is equipped with fuel scoops.

  • Individual sections of the ship are divided by bulkhead walls. Sections of the ship can be isolated in the event of an emergency.
  • The hull includes internal grav plates and inertial compensators. All accessible sections of the hull have life support.


The vessel mounts a DeVoss-type jump-2 drive, a maneuver-2 drive, and a power plant 2, giving performance of jump-2 and 2G acceleration. The ship has an agility rating of 1 and an emergency agility of 2. There is fuel tankage of 44 dTons, sufficient for one jump-2 and giving the power plant four weeks duration.

  • The jump drive is fitted with a jump governor.

Main Section

Adjacent to the bridge is a computer model/2. There are 6 staterooms and 10 low berths. Each member of the crew has private quarters: if the crew elect to go double occupancy, up to three paying passengers may be accommodated. Cargo capacity amounts to 70 dTons.

  • The vessel is fitted with communications equipment and a sensor suite.


The Free Trader requires 6 crew: 2x command, 1x engineering, 2x gunnery, and 1x service.


The ship is fitted with two turrets:

  • one triple turret mounting beam lasers
  • one triple turret mounting missile racks


The ship has a dedicated hanger able to house a vehicle of up to 4-dTons, though no subcraft or vehicles are provided.


The basic cost of the vessel is MCr107.930.

  • The ship is a standard design. Detailed architectural plans are widely available and no design fee is chargeable.
  • If multiple examples of the design are ordered it qualifies for a 20% discount, which reduces the total price to MCr86.344.

History / Background

A design that dates to the time of the Terran Confederation. The design 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.

See also: Ships of the Distant Fringe

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