Pirate Flags#3 Christopher Condent  LbNA # 54825

Placed DateJul 29 2010
LocationBristol, CT
Found By Bell Lady
Last Found Oct 9 2011
Hike Distance?

Christopher Condent (Congdon, Conden), Real name was Congdon Born in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Congdon Family came over on the Mayflower. (died 1770) was an English pirate who led the return to the Eastern Seas. He and his crew fled New Providence in 1718, when Woodes Rogers became governor of the island.On a trip across the Atlantic Ocean, an Indian member of the crew, who was severely beaten and mistreated, threatened to ignite the ship's powder magazine. Condent swiftly jumped into the hold, and shot the Indian in the face. Purportedly, the crew hacked the body to pieces, and the gunner slashed open his stomach, tore out his heart, boiled it, and ate it. Further into the voyage, the crew captured a merchant vessel. Roughly half of the crew sailed away, while the other half chose Condent as their captain.At the Cape Verde Islands, Condent and his men captured a Portuguese wine vessel, a squadron of small ships, and a Dutch war ship. Condent kept the warship, and named it The Flying Dragon. The Flying Dragon then cruised the Brazilian coast, and Condent took more ships, occasionally torturing Portuguese prisoners by cutting off their ears and noses.Condent took much more "booty" when he reached the African coast. In June or July of 1719, he reached Madagascar. While he was at Sainte-Marie, he integrated some of John Halsey's old crew into his own.He cruised the Indian Coast and the Red Sea for a further year or so. In 1720, near Bombay, Condent and his crew captured a huge Arab ship, which contained an abundance of treasure and valuables, to the tune of £150,000. In an attempt not to further enrage the East India Company, Condent's crew were ordered not to abuse crew or passengers.He and his crew returned to the island of Saint-Marie, dividing their haul into around £2000 each. Condent and forty other members of his crew sailed to the island of Bourbon where they negotiated with the governor for a French pardon. Twenty or more of the men settled on the island, but Condent went on to marry the governor’s sister-in-law, travel to France, settle down with his wife in Brittany and became a wealthy merchant.

Harry Barnes Memorial Nature Center is located off of Shrub Rd. You will notice 2 large tree's crossing each other with the sign on it. Start on left side of building. Make your way to the large rock with a memorial plaque. Head up this trail and follow till you have a red with black dot pointing to the right. Take this trail, cross over 2 bridges. When over the second bridge take a left onto yellow with black dot. Follow yellow straight and up a hill with steps. when you reach to the top.(Spark of Sunshine) See a rock on the ground with a white arrow pointing left and yellow rrow pointing right. Go right on yellow. Follow this all the way up and then down. When you cross a short stone walk way and come to a small clearing. Look left to a 3 sister tree with one sister fallen. Look there under some wood for the pirate flag. When done stamping and rehiding it well, Follow yellow till you get to a T section of red. Hang a right on red and cross over bridge. Keep following the red and it will lead you back to the nature center building. Happy Boxing!!