Tracy class Longship

 Tons: 200 Td (SL Slab Hypersonic)
 Crew: 2/4
 Cargo: 100 Td (60m2 Cargo Ramp/Hatch, Handling: 1 x 102 ton)
 Volume: 2800m3
 Passengers High/Med: 5/0
 Cost: 32.952 MCr (25% Bulk Discount)
 Mass (L/C): 2927t/1374t
 Passengers Low: 0
 Maintenance Points: 53
 Dimensions: 48.3m x 12.1m x 4.9m
 Troops/Science: 0/0
 Tech Level: 11
 Size: 8
 Frozen Watch: 0

 Controls: Dynamic, High automation. 3 x Comp (CM: 0.7 CP: 1.43). No bridge.
 Communications: 1 x Radio (50,000km, 0.02MW). 1 x Laser (1,000AU, 0MW).
 Sensors: 1 x PEMS (12.5 [1.6mkm], 0MW). 1 x AEMS (8, 0.06MW).
 Signatures: Vis:0.5, IR:-0.5 (-0.5 at 66MW, -0.5 at 10MW), Act:0.5,
             Neu:-1, Grav:0

 1 x Point Defence Laser Turret (+0) 1/0-0-0-0 [1,50/9-5-2-1] (LR)
     [Point Defence ROF 800]

 1 Jump (20 Td/pc fuel)
 0.8/1.6 Manoeuvre (Thruster: 55MW)
 1/2.1 Contra-grav (40MW)
 1541kph/3085kph Atmosphere (Cruise: 1156kph/2314kph)
 1 Power (Fission: 70MW, 1yr)
 0 Battery
 20 Fuel (Scoop: 3 Purif: 8, 1MW)
 0/4/5/0/0 Accommodations (9 x Sanitary Fittings)
 117 Person/Weeks Life Support (Type: Extended, Normal Food [Stored])
 1 G-Comp
 0 ESA
 0 Sandcasters
 0 Damper Turrets
 0 Damper Screen
 0 Meson Screen
 0 Force Field
 0 Gravtics
 0 [20] Armour, 12 Structure

 1 x Airlock
 1 x Decontamination Airlock
 1 x Ship's locker (0.1 Td ea.)
 1 x 20 Td Fuel Bladder (2 Td ea.)
 1 x Ordinary Galley (Cap: 9)

Small Craft

 Power & Fuel:

Crew Details
 1 x Pilot
 1 x Astrogator
 1 x Steward/Gunner
 1 x Medic

Combat data card (7.20Kb pdf v3 format)

One of the most enduring designs to come out of the Interstellar Wars, the Tracy class were a general purpose tramp freighter serving the many colonies of the Terran Confederation. The design outlasted the Confederation by a considerable margin, examples of the class were being constructed in the Solomani Rim well into the Long Night. The class displayed the usual high structural strength found in Terran ships of this era, being capable of withstanding up to 6g's of stress. The distinguishing features of the design were its large dual story cargo bay occupying the forward 22.5m of the ship, served by a single large 12m x 5m cargo ramp; the small fission reactor (as against the large fusion reactors found in Vilani designs); the closed loop biological life support system; and the 30Mj point defence laser. In order to maximise the designs cargo capacity, the ship was only fitted with a 70Mw fission plant, whilst the ships theoretical maximum power usage was 110.62Mw. The result of this was that whilst using the ships thrusters the Contragrav, fuel purification and cargo handling equipment had to be taken offline. Since these items were rarely in use while the thrusters were operating at full power this usually resulted in no difficulties. The class was fitted with an integral collapsible fuel bladder which enabled 18 Td cargo space to be temporarily converted into 20 Td of fuel space. This allowed the vessel to make two consecutive jumps without needing to refuel. Enterprising captains would often supplement the integral bladder with a second (taking up 2 Td of cargo space), allowing direct access to the lucrative markets in the Vegan worlds.

The first example, the Virgil Tracy, was built for the Terran Confederation navy in 2141 AD as a general purpose freighter. The class soon proved to be very popular with the growing number of Terran "Free Traders" serving both the worlds of the Confederation and the border worlds of the Ziru Sirka. Though strictly speaking a violation of Sharurshid's trade monopoly, many Vilani worlds turned a blind eye as the service provided by the Free Traders proved to be far more flexible and responsive than that provided by Sharurshid's immutable trade routes. Many of these Free Traders were ex-navy ships, made available cheaply to retiring naval personnel.

Deckplans (in GIF format) - [Scale 1 square = 1.5 metres. Deck height 2.5 metres]

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