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Back in the very early 90's when I was A Traveller Player the pirate ship used the most of Pirates in all Campaigns was A 400 ton Corsair. But what I want to know is was The 400 ton Corsair a official ship in the very first edition of Traveller or was it something The GM had invented?
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1st ed Mongoose had a 400 dt Corsair, yes.
Classic Traveller (the original version, from GDW) had several corsairs listed in various Supplements. Traders and Gunboats has two of them: a repurposed X-boat Tender (which isn't what you meant, as it's a 1,000 dT hull), and a variant of the Gazelle Close Escort (which is based on a 400 dT hull, For that matter, a "liberated" Type T Patrol Cruiser (from the 1981 edition of the LBB Book 2, 400 dT hull) is pretty near to a perfect matchup as well. All of these are about as "official" as you can get, and they're from the earliest edition of Traveller available.
The Classic Traveller official corsair is to be found in Supplement 4 Citizens of the Imperium as a mustering out benefit for the pirate career.
Corsair (Type P): Based on the type 400 hull, the corsair is fitted out with
jump drive-D, maneuver drive-F, and power plant-F, giving it a capability for
jump-2 and 3G acceleration. A Model12 computer installed, and contains
a standard software package. Most important to this ship are the three triple
turrets, although each turret is equipped with only one beam laser. Ten staterooms
serve as quarters for the crew (pilot, navigator, three engineers, and assorted thugs
and cutthroats numbering up to five more); twenty low berths are available for
emergency use, or to hold captives. The ship is not streamlined, and there are no
ship's vehicles or boats. Fuel capacity is 120 tons, and cargo capacity is 160 tons.
Notable features on the corsair are large cargo doors and variable identification
features. The large clamshell doors can open to reveal the entire cargo bay; the ship
can accept a 100 to ship into its cargo bay. The ship has several centrally controlled
identification features which can alter the shape and configuration of the ship
at a moment's notice; fins retract or extend, modules appear or disappear, and
radio emissions alter frequency and content. The ship's transponders can be altered
to identify the vessel as having any of a variety of missions and identities.
The approximate value of the corsair is Cr180,000,000, but this price would be
difficult to obtain on the open market, as the ship is of a noncommercial type,
and its lineage and paperwork are of uncertain origin. It could probably bring
about one quarter its value.