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Space Tramp  
  An old, slow spacecraft.  

"...The High Command hasn't announced what ship it is, but it must be a fast one - not a space tramp."
From The Invisible World, by Ed Earl Repp.
Published by Amazing Stories in 1940
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By analogy to "tramp steamer", referring to a ship without fixed schedule or scheduled ports of call. This kind of ship was also called an "ocean tramp".

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