In 2285, the Merchantman was a small freighter which carried classified Federation data regarding the Genesis Device to a Klingon Bird-of-Prey that was under the command of Kruge. The Merchantman was destroyed when Kruge learned that Valkris, a Klingon operative traveling aboard the ship, had seen the information. (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock)
Merchantman personnel Edit
Background information Edit
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The Starships RPG sourcebook describes this type of ship as a Class III tanker.