Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech : The Farscape Campaign
Baleena Passenger Submarine
Baleena Passenger Submarine (200 tons)
Power Plant : Tempered Naval Fusion (27.5 tons)
Cruise Speed : 34.4 kph (3)
Flank Speed : 56.6 kph (5)
Heat Sinks – None
Armor : Deephull Industrial (Armor Factor 93 – BAR 2) : 1.5 tons
Front – 27
Right Side – 22
Left Side – 22
Rear – 22
Light Vehicle Bay (50 tons) : 1 Door (Front)
Cargo Bay (Container : 40 tons) : 2 Doors (RS, LS)
Cargo Bay (Standard : 3 tons) : 1 Door (Rear)
Communications System : Lynx-Shur
Targeting and Tracking System : Sonar Sync Tracker
Manufacturer : Bluefin Technologies, Donegal (Lyran Commonwealth)
Note : 1 Officer, 4 Enlisted, 5 Bay Personnel. 20 Passenger Seats (1.5 tons), 2 Steerage Passenger Quarters (10 tons). Three lifeboats (3 tons).
Overview : Not uncommon among the civilized worlds across the Inner Sphere, underwater cities have always maintained a mystique to the average citizen. Expensive to maintain due to the high amount of technology required to maintain the underwater domes and filtration equipment, though it is rare in the thirty-first century to see the construction of new underwater cities. Before war wracked the universe, however, the Star League built several underwater cities that grew into sprawling collections of domes and connecting tunnel-tubes. The most famous is the city of Fiji under the Pacific Ocean, located near the underwater remains of the Fiji Islands. Made popular in the cult-classic “Dead Awakened” from 2203 – a bad murder-mystery that has undergone over one hundred “revisions” over the ensuing centuries – the underwater metroplex still retains much of the pristine landscape and buildings featured in those holo-movies.
While subsurface environments have many practical uses, one of the chief obstacles is transporting people and goods to and from such sites to surface ports. Recognizing the importance of such a specialized transportation need, Bluefin Technologies developed a cheap submersible frame that could be utilized in a variety of configurations. While the more popular models were primarily passenger-oriented, the plastic polymer sheeting could also be pre-formed to create Standard (5-ton) Cargo Container bays to transport heavier goods such as building supplies, and even small vehicles. The company did so well, in fact, that when it went public on the Donegal Exchange in 2540, the stocks doubled nearly eighty times over.
Capabilities : Infused with a large amount of stockholder capital, Bluefin began to design and produce larger vessels capable of transporting large-scale industrial equipment, larger numbers of passengers, and immense bulk cargo loads. The Baleena-Class introduced a dedicated vehicle bay that can support either wet or dry equipment. Many retain a smaller luxury submarine or a surface schooner to supplement excursions away from the ship. Many commercial owners choose to use the bay as extra cargo space.
Efficient airlock systems allow the Baleena to effect cargo transfers to other deeper-running cargo subs, such as the Rimrunner-Class that services the mines in the Marianas Trench on Terra, while underwater. Top-loading cargo doors allow the Baleena to easily load and unload straight from a seaside DropPort as well, it the dock site is equipped with the proper cargo loading equipment.
Deployment : Although primarily a standard cargo and passenger ferry, some Baleenas have been purchased by corporate concerns in the Free World’s League and Lyran Commonwealth to be deployed as luxury liners. Reconfigured on the inside, these underwater liners circumnavigate the globes of several worlds in Million-C-Bill journeys, that can last a year or more. Some wealthy noble families also keep them to visit their underwater holdings.
Variants : As the vessel has been in production for centuries, private owners often re-arrange the internal bays for their own purposes. Bluefin has always built the vessels to the requirements of its purchasers.