Valiant Conveyor class Liberty Ship

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Valiant Conveyor class Liberty Ship
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Distant Fringe vessel.
Type: MC Liberty Ship
Agility 0 standard
1 emergency
Also see Merchant Ship - Freighter
Architect Ronald B. Kline, Jr.
Blueprint No
Canon No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Cargo 10,000.0 Tons
Cost MCr3,911.319 (base)
MCr3,129.055 (qty)
Crew 79
Enlisted 63
Officers 16
EOS Still in active service.
Era 1105
Hardpoints 150
Hull Dispersed Structure Hull
Illustration No
IOC Unknown
Jump J-1
Maneuver 1 G
Manufacturer Granger, Webber and Griffin LLC
Marines 0
Model Model/4
Origin Distant Fringe
Passengers 0 High/Med 110 Low
Reference Fan: Ronald B. Kline, Jr.
Size 15,000 Tons
Size-cat BCS
Streamlining Unstreamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–11
USP MC-K711142-090000-20000-0
Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard Shipyard v1.13 written by Andrea Vallance.

The Valiant Conveyor class Liberty Ship is a mercantile starship.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

These were simple and hastily built vessels. It is a class of civilian transport vessel, pressed into military use to support operations in the Moat Rifts, particularly the Cradle Subsector of the Distant Fringe. Built at Entremis (world), and designed to be inexpensive with copious cargo capacity for their size.

Various government subcontractors provide prefabricated parts. The vessel is inexpensive, with massive cargo capacity for wartime transport.

Drives and power plants were simple stock units in wide spread use and spare parts were never a problem. 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.They carry enough fuel for two successive jump 1 trips. Its size necessitated the Model/4 computation data core which formed a major portion of the long axis interface and control spine of the vessel, from which modular hull compartments could be fitted. Their modular design made them easy to repair and refit. Battle damage repair and recovery was very fast as a result.

A pair of triple pulse laser turrets are fitted. A bow and stern asteroid sweeper mounts, as they were joking referred to, along the port and starboard flanks a row of ten triple sand caster turrets form the flank defensive batteries intended to thwart laser and missile fire. In practice this proved a bit optimistic when facing Penedur class Destroyers, from the Unity of Sed during the Pacification of Dependent Worlds campaigns.

Occasionally, a pair of 70 dton Fringian Fast Shuttles are used for cargo interface, loading and unloading.

It has a crew of 79 sophonts. The fastest one of these new spinal columns could be assembled by a talented build crew with adequate robot support was four and half local days. This was not recommended and the typical fit out required 167 weeks, 134 weeks in a hurry.

Image Repository[edit]

No information yet available.

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 15,000 tons.

The Liberty Ship is constructed using a 15,000-dTon hull built in a dispersed structure configuration. The hull is unstreamlined: the ship is equipped with fuel purification to refine fuel acquired by its two shuttles.

  • Individual sections of the ship are divided into customizable modular units connected by rovar flex conduit corridors. Life support is distributed and localized based on current needs. Sections of the ship can be isolated in the event of an emergency.
  • The crewed portions of the hull include internal grav plates and inertial compensators. All accessible sections of the hull have life support.
2. Crew x79 crew.

The Valiant Conveyor class Liberty Ship requires x79 crew: x11 command, x11 engineering, x5 gunnery, x7 flight, x30 service and x15 security. There are 16 officers, seven from command, one from engineering, one from gunnery, three from flight, three from service, and one from security. The remaining 63 crew are various ratings of enlisted personnel. Crew is double occupancy for efficient use of space. Modular bunk areas and common areas for food, hygiene and recreation are typical for the enlisted. The crypts contain 110 lowberths for a variety of uses, medical, troop transport, passengers and livestock being some examples. .

3. Performance / Engineering Propulsion:

The vessel mounts a DeVoss-type jump-1 drive, a maneuver-1 drive, and a power plant 1, giving performance of jump-1 and 1G acceleration. The ship has an agility rating of 0. There is fuel tankage of 3,150 dTons, sufficient for twp jump-1s and giving the power plant four weeks duration. The vessel is fitted with a purification plant.

  • The jump drive utilises a lanthanum hull grid.
  • The jump drive is fitted with a jump governor.
4. Main Section / Electronics Model/4 computer.

Adjacent to the bridge is a computer model/4: the vessel carries no additional backup computer. There are 42 staterooms and 110 low berths, primarily used to transport livestock. Double occupancy accommodations are required for all except the command crew. Cargo capacity amounts to an amazing 10,000 dTons.

  • The vessel is fitted with communications equipment and a sensor array.
5. Hardpoints x150 hardpoints.
6. Armament / Weaponry The normal weapons fit-out for it is:
  • The ship is fitted with 22 triple turrets. These are grouped into:
  • Two factor 2 triple pulse laser turrets, one bow and one stern, each firing as an independent battery. They are typically tasked with repelling boarding attempts and point defense.

There are typically 128 unused hardpoints set aside. Some research into a Q ship variant was discussed but never fully implemented.

7. Defenses
  • Two factor 9 sandcaster batteries, each consisting of 10 fire control linked triple turrets
8. Craft / Subcraft The ship carries a pair of 70 dTon Fringian Shuttles housed in a dedicated dorsal hangar, which is often mistaken for a flying bridge.
9. Fuel Treatment On Board Fuel Purification
10. Cost MCr3,911.319.

The basic cost of the vessel, doesn't include the cost of the Fringian Shuttles.

  • Both craft are standard designs. Detailed architectural plans are MCr. 39.113.
  • If multiple examples of the design are ordered all of the ships in the production run qualify for a 20% discount, which reduces their price to MCr3,129.055.
11. Construction Time 167 weeks to build, 134 months in quantity.
12. Remarks Designed with a multi-functional modular format for ease of assembly and rapid repair of battle damage.
  • Standard cargo capacity amounts to 10,000.0 tons.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

The Valiant Conveyor class Liberty Ship is optimized for efficient, if not rapid, transport of resources. 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. The design is derived from older TL-10 versions.

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: Often named after famous patriots from the Cradle Subsector.

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Civilian Ship - Merchant Ship - Cargo Freighter:

  1. Type MC class Cargo Freighter
    1. Balaanii class Merchant Freighter
    2. Garrett Durant class Cargo Hauler
    3. Hellworld class Merchant Cruiser
    4. Hercules class Cargo Transport
    5. Pinyin class Treasure Galleon
    6. Prosperity class Medium Freighter
    7. Type AH class Heavy Merchant
    8. Valiant Conveyor class Liberty Ship

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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  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