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Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Dec 2019 5:34 p.m. PST

Perhaps these should be Guarda Costa, instead can't recall for sure, but you get the idea.

I've seen these mentioned and written about in literature, but not really sure what size they are, or what they'd look like.

Anyone have any hints, ideas, guesses, tips, since my on-line searches for images have failed me?

Supposedly, they were distinctive (hull shape, etc.?), and easily recognizable at a distance from other vessels.

It appears that very early on, they may have used galleys in order to try to compensate for the lack of winds in the region during some periods, off of Cuba and the Florida coasts.

Looking for vessels from the mid-late 1600s to the mid-1700s, I suppose, during the pirate hey-day in the Caribbean, around Cuba, the Bahamas, and adjacent waters.

Would be nice to find something useful in 1/100th, or 1/50th scale (15mm 28mm), and/or at least some drawings, images, plans, or descriptions to help guide in making some of these.

The British, French, and Danes could use some other opponents, as could my pirates, too.

Thinking mainly smaller vessels, like sloops, schooners, brigs, etc., but am interested in info on all vessels used historically to protect Cuba and her interests in the Caribbean and in the Gulf of Mexico.

Anton Ryzbak08 Dec 2019 2:24 p.m. PST

I have a friend who was working on his Doctoral Thesis in History on the Guarda Coasta. Email me at daftrica 89 at yahoo dot com and I will see about getting you in touch with him.

I do know that galleys were used often by the Spanish especially in shallow water and near coastlines. Saint Augustine usually had several as picket boats.

BelgianRay09 Dec 2019 1:46 p.m. PST

Take a look at the "BLOOD AND PLUNDER" site and you will find plenty of information, including figures and ships in 28 mm.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP09 Dec 2019 7:23 p.m. PST

Thank you for the suggestions and replies.

E-mail coming shortly, Anton. I really appreciate the offer.

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