Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A dispatch-boat; a small vessel used to communicate between the vessels of a fleet.
  • n. A horse-drawn carriage with two wheels used in France.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A tender to a fleet, formerly used for conveying men, orders, or treasure.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A tender or small vessel employed to convey men or orders from one ship or place to another.

Etymologies

From Spanish patache, of uncertain origin. The carriage sense is after French. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A second type of small ocean-going vessel in New France was called a patache by Champlain.

    Champlain's Dream

  • The patache was a purpose-built vessel for reconnaissance, surveys, and exploration.

    Champlain's Dream

  • Each large ship was accompanied by a small tender that Champlain called a patache.

    Champlain's Dream

  • He was given a highly specialized vessel called a patache, which a French text defined in 1628 as “a small warship designed for the surveillance of coasts.”

    Champlain's Dream

  • In France and Spain they were also used as dispatch boats, which Champlain called a patache d’avis.

    Champlain's Dream

  • A patache was well suited to his method of close-in exploration in a vessel that “furette par tout; ferrets everywhere.”

    Champlain's Dream

  • He was about thirty-seven miles off the mark, not bad for a hard-partying navigator with a traveling astrolabe.33 Then he was off again in his patache, sailing down the Penobscot River with the sagamore Cabahis aboard as his guest.

    Champlain's Dream

  • His patache had run on a granite ledge and slipped off again with a hole in her wooden bottom.

    Champlain's Dream

  • He always had an eye for the beauty of a full-rigged ship at sea, or the sleek lines of a sharp-built patache, or the charm of a simple shallop bobbing at anchor in a quiet cove.39

    Champlain's Dream

  • Working alongside was her small tender, the patache Sandoval.44

    Champlain's Dream

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