hmm using Transport pod as a ship... BRILLIANT!!
hmmmmm i have a idea for a TMP era one now..
I was thinking of the so-called "liberty ships" when I designed her...very
basic construction, cheap and quick to build. The type of ship that the Federation could turn out in bulk if needed in a wartime situation, then sell off remaining units afterwards to the private sector at a fairly low price.
So you might see a lot of those filling the "tramp freighter" role in peacetime, and whole convoys of them in wartime.