A Q-ship was a military vessel designed to look like a merchantman. It could be built from the keel out as a Q-ship, or converted from an existing merchant vessel.
In the 19th Century PD, the Havenite People's Navy conceived a type of Q-ship built to resemble a Trumbull-class freighter with chase armament of three missile tubes and two spinal mount lasers fore and aft.
The Havenite Q-ship Sirius was disguised as an Astra-class freighter. The People's Navy used it to try and infiltrate the Basilisk System, but it was eventually destroyed by the Manticoran cruiser HMS Fearless. (HH1)
Manticoran Q-ships were listed on the admiralty's books as HMAMC (His/Her Majesty's Armed Merchant Cruiser). The Royal Manticoran Navy used a number of Q-ships based on Caravan-class freighter hulls to fight piracy in the Silesian Confederacy. One of these was famously commanded by Honor Harrington. (HH6)
Known Q-ships Edit
Republic of Beowulf Edit
People's Republic of Haven Edit
- PMSS Sirius (Astra-class)
Star Kingdom of Manticore Edit
- HMAMC Gudrid (Caravan-class)
- HMAMC Parnassus (Caravan-class)
- HMAMC Scheherazade (Caravan-class)
- HMAMC Wayfarer (Caravan-class)
[ LAC • Frigate • Q-ship ]