Pirate Transport Ships, also known as Barges, or Pirate Ships, were Space Pirate transport craft, used primarily in the vein as an dropship, akin to Tachyon Transport Ships fielded by the Imperial Army; one also served as a private transport for Romulus Slag and Rusty Pete across Ardolis. They primarily carried Buccaneers, Hardy Buccaneers and Corsairs into battle, whom would either drop off from the deck directly, or walk across the retractable planks; in addition to this, they also sometimes carried crates and explosive barrels. While far larger and impervious to Ratchet's weapons unlike Tachyon Transport Ships, Pirate Transport Ships were not armed, thus they did not pose a direct threat to Ratchet besides dropping off Space Pirates. Pirate Transport Ships even unarmed though, were quite capable of delivering troops wherever need be, as evidenced during the Space Pirate invasion of Kerchu City on planet Jasindu, where one such vessel smashed right through the walls of Kerchu Fortress to unload Space Pirates.
Ratchet and Clank would sometimes hitch a ride on these vessels to move around the environment similar to that of the Taxi, often with Space Pirate crew of the vessel attempting to throw them overboard.
- Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction (First Appearance)
- Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty
- Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction Prima Guide page 153