Developed by Spain during it's Armada Period, they were popular from the 15th to 18th Centuries. A transitional vessel between a schooner and a brig – this “mini warship” was used to protect Ports and Harbors. They also served a Ship Tenders, Trade and Cargo Carriers. On average, The Patache displaced 30 tons and ranged in size from 75 to 150 feet long (depending on class need). They featured 2 and 3 Mast varieties. Often dispatched and used in support of Spanish Colonies, Patache's were a common sight in the early Caribbean.