The Canterbury ("Cant") is a space ship owned by the Pur'n'Kleen Water Company. A century ago it was a transport ship for colonists to the Belt, but it has been retooled as a water hauler, shuttling glaciers from Saturn's rings to the colonies along with dozens of similar ships.
It has a roughly tubular shape, and is about 750 meters long and 250 meters wide. It has at least one shuttle, the Knight.
The Canterbury attracted people who couldn't get jobs anywhere else, either because they failed due to incompetence, couldn't pass the background checks better jobs required (such as Naomi Nagata, Amos Burton or Alex Kamal), or held dishonorable military discharges (such as Holden).
The Canterbury had a crew of about fifty people. Among them were:
- Captain McDowell
- Executive Officer James Holden
- Pilot Alex Kamal
- Pilot Valka
- Chief Engineer Naomi Nagata
- Assistant Engineer Amos Burton
- Medical Technician Shed Garvey
- Communications Officer Rebecca Byers
- Communications Technician Kamala Trask
- Cameron Paj
- Navigator Ade Tukunbo
After the Canterbury encountered a distress signal on the asteroid CA-2216862, XO Jim Holden and several others of the crew investigated the signal with the Knight shuttle. Upon finding the moored and empty ship Scopuli there, transmitting an apparent decoy distress signal, the Canterbury was destroyed by what seemed to be Martian forces.