Ship Classifications

My ship classifications probably don't conform to any existing classifications, although I did borrow some of the lingo from the Navy. Thanks, guys!

I don't have pictures, so I'll list in order of magnitude, starting with the smallest.

Military Vessels
  1. fighter
  2. escort
  3. corvette (I avoided this one)
  4. frigate (drones are about this size)
  5. destroyer
  6. battle cruiser aka ram ship, warship
  7. battleship
  8. dreadnought
  9. superdestroyer
Generic Classifications of Non-Military Vessels
  1. solo, flyer, single ship (1 pilot)
  2. small craft (usually 2-4 passengers, short range only)
  3. shuttle (ranging from 4-20 occupancy)
  4. microcruiser (up to 30 occupancy, more agile than a shuttle)
  5. ferry (a shuttle with, say, capacity for 80)
  6. yacht (generally meant for 2-4 to live on, but with grand rooms etc. so it could hold 100)
  7. barge (enormous, not meant for passengers)
  8. cruiser (let's party!)
  9. Atlas Class supercruiser (let's put a small city in a space ship!) 
The Lupis is a superdestroyer. The Tazaec is a supercruiser. Each of these serves as the capital ship for its respective force. Elyon's room on the Lupis is about the size of a two story house. That's just one room... 

Freight / cargo ships range in size, depending on their purpose. To dock in a capital ship it would need to be smaller like a microcruiser. If it didn't need a hangar bay but could dock on the receiving ship's hull against special hatches, which most ships can do, then it can be as big as a planet. (Not really.) The cargo blocks at Chaucer are as big as several skyscrapers crammed together. In space there's no restriction on size or weight.

I cut out much of Jaro Maut's scenes so you don't know about his questionable business practices and gambling habit, but he is a trader with a microcruiser as his "capital ship" and several barges, ferries, and small craft. Just to give you a contrast.

I never go into detail about this, but the ships are not designed or shaped for aerodynamic looks. They are entirely functional. The most luxurious yacht could easily look on the outside like a Frank Gehry experiment gone awry. I use the terms port, aft, and starboard loosely to translate to the orientation of the ship and thus the bridge, which, as a long platform extending into a huge open sphere, is like an arrow pointing fore. By the way, port is left, starboard is right, aft is toward the stern, fore is forward. Loosely. If you're a nautical buff, please don't rail me.

If you're still confused, that's okay.