Manoel Rivero Pardal
Receiving a letter of marque on January 3, 1670 from Pedro de Ulloa (governor
of Cartagena) he set sail in in the ship San Pedro (also known as the Fama)
armed with 14 cannon and carrying a crew of about 70. His first acts were off
the Caymen Islands where he set fire to several fishing villages and captured a
ketch and large canoe.
Prior to May 1670 he came across the Mary and Jane, enroute from Jamaica to
Cuba with the buccaneer Bernard Speirdyke commanding to negotiate a peace. After
a fierce combat in which most of the of the buccaneers, including Speirdyke were
killed the corsairs captured the ship.
In May he is reported leaving Cartagena in consort with the Gallardina, a
captured French ship. On 11 June he captured one of William Harris' ships (a
tender) and sacked Montego Bay. Rivero Pardal continued his depradations,
receiving reinforcements from Cuba. The buccaneers in Jamaica set to sea to put
an end to his actions. It was even rumored that Henry Morgan set sail to finish
The Fama chased an English ship, the Dolphin, commanded by one of Morgan's
lieutenants, John Morris. A storm drove both ships toward the Cuban coast.
Seeking refuge, Rivero Pardal sought safety in a harbor, only to find the
Dolphin already there. The battle that ensued saw the capture of the Fama and
the death of Manoel Rivero Pardal, shot in the throat.