After this, they took a merchantman called the Duke of York; and some disputes arising among the pirates, the captain, and one half of the company, went on board the prize; the other half, who continued in the sloop, chose Condent captain. He shaped his course for the Cape-de Verd Islands, and in his way took a merchant ship from Madeira, laden with wine, and bound for the West Indies, which he plundered and let go; then coming to the Isle of May, one of the said islands, he took the whole salt fleet, consisting of about 20 sail. Wanting a boom, he took out the mainmast of one of these ships to supply the want. Here he took upon himself the administration of justice, inquiring into the manner of the commanders' behaviour to their men, and those against whom complaint was made, he whipped and pickled. He took what provision and other necessaries he wanted, and having augmented his company by volunteers and forced men, he left the ships and sailed to St. Jago, where he took a Dutch ship, which had formerly been a privateer. This proved also an easy prize, for he fired but one broadside, and clapping her on board, carried her without resistance, for the captain and several men were killed, and some wounded by his great shot.
The ship proving for his purpose, he gave her the name of the Flying Dragon, went on board with his crew, and made a present of his sloop to a mate of an English prize, whom he had forced with him. From hence he stood away for the coast of Brazil, and in his cruize took several Portuguese ships, which he plundered and let go.
After these he fell in with the Wright galley, Capt. John Spelt,
commander, hired by the South Sea company, to go to the coast of
Angola for slaves, and thence to Buenos Ayres. This ship he
detained a considerable time, and the captain being his townsman,
treated him very civilly. A few days after he took Spelt, he made
prize of a Portuguese, laden with bale goods and stores. He rigged
the Wright galley anew, and put on board of her some of the goods.
Soon after he had discharged the Portuguese, he met with a Dutch
East Indiaman of 28 guns, whose captain was killed the first
broadside, and took her with little resistance, for he had hoisted
the pirate's colors on board Spelt's ship.
A few days after, he took a vessel of the same nation, who gave
an account that he had killed above forty men in the Guarda del
Costa, beside a number wounded. He kept along the coast to the
southward, and took a French ship of 18 guns, laden with wine and
brandy, bound for the South Sea, which he carried with him into the
River of Platte. He sent some of his men ashore to kill some wild
cattle, but they were taken by the crew of a Spanish man-of-war. On
their examination before the captain, they said they were two
Guinea ships, with slaves belonging to the South Sea company, and
on this story were allowed to return to their boats. Here five of
his forced men ran away with his canoe; he plundered the French
ship, cut her adrift, and she was stranded. He proceeded along the
Brazil coast, and hearing a pirate ship was lost upon it, and the
pirates imprisoned, he used all the Portuguese who fell into his
hands, who were many, very barbarously, cutting off their ears and
noses; and as his master was a papist, when they took a priest,
they made him say mass at the mainmast, and would afterwards get on
his back and ride him about the decks, or else load and drive him
like a beast. He from this went to the Guinea coast, and took Capt.
Hill, in the Indian Queen.