Biographies of Famous Pirates
Captain Christopher Condent
Flag Attributed to Captain Condent
From there Condent sailed away for the coast of Brazil, taking several Portuguese ships which, after plundering, he let go. After cleaning the Flying Dragon on Ferdinando Island, the pirates took several more prizes, and then one day met with a Portuguese man-of-war of seventy guns. Coming up alongside her, the Portuguese hailed the pirates, and they answered "from London bound for Buenos Ayres." The man-of-war, to pay a compliment to the ship of her English ally, manned the shrouds and cheered him. While this was taking place, Captain Condent suddenly attacked, firing a broadside and a volley of small arms into the man-of-war. A smart engagement followed, in which the pirates took most of the damage and were lucky to escape. Sailing away round the Cape of Good Hope, Condent arrived at the pirate stronghold on the Island of Johanna, where he took on board some of pirate Captain Halsey's crew. Now reinforced by these skilled masters in the craft of piracy, he took several rich East Indiamen off the Malabar coast. Calling in at the Isle of St. Mary, one of the Mascerenas group, he met with another Portuguese ship of seventy guns, which he was fortunate enough to make a prize of. In this ship they found amongst the passengers the Viceroy of Goa. Carrying this rich prize to Zanzibar, they plundered her of a large amount of money.
Having now gathered a vast fortune, they thought it time to give up piracy, so they returned to the Island of St. Mary, where they took a share of their plunder, and the company broke up, many of them settling down amongst the natives. Captain Condent and some others sent from here a petition to the Governor of Mauritius asking for a pardon, and received answer that he would take them into his protection if they would destroy their ships. Having done this, they sailed to Mauritius, where they settled down, and Captain Condent married the Governor's sister-in-law. A few years later the captain and his wife left the island and sailed to France, settling at St. Malo, where Condent became a very successful trade merchant.