Which classes of ship are which in the art on the covers of the three books in the Imperial Radch series?

All three book covers side by side showing a large big ship across them all and some smaller ships on each one individually

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    +1 for the side-by-side presentation. I hadn't realized all three covers were parts of the same artwork! – Simon Mar 21 '19 at 17:20
  • @Simon - I've added the un-typographed version (available here; orbitbooks.net/2013/07/01/…) – Valorum Mar 21 '19 at 17:27
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    Seems like artistic license. Big one may be a Justice, but small ones don't belong to 3 main classes IMO. – Mithoron Mar 21 '19 at 17:34
  • That means all the cover art was done in 2013, in time for the first book, which means it was done before Swords and Mercies were described. So the background is likely intended as either a Justice or a station. – DavidW Mar 21 '19 at 17:34
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    @DavidW - Or more likely just "random ships against a background." which is John Harris' speciality as a cover designer – Valorum Mar 21 '19 at 17:36

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