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

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

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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