The Swedish Privateer and his Wife

In May 1710, Lars Gatenhielm received a letter of marque from Swedish king Charles XII. For eight years, Gatenhielm caused havoc in Kattegatt and in the North Sea, operating 50 ships and capturing more than 80 different enemy and neutral ships. In May 1718, Gatenhielm died from tuberculosis but his pirate empire was now taken […]