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Mutiny on the Bounty captain's unexpected resting place draws fans

The tomb of Captain William Bligh, who died 200 years ago, has become a central feature of the Garden Museum in London
Christopher Woodward, director of the Garden Museum in Lambeth, with Captain Bligh’s tomb. Photograph: Graeme Robertson for the Guardian

The inscription on the tomb hails “the celebrated navigator who first transplanted the breadfruit tree from Otaheite to the West Indies” – but makes no mention of the ship on which Captain William Bligh sailed into history when he provoked the mutiny on the Bounty.

, where Bligh has ended up as the surprising central feature of a courtyard garden overlooked by a cafe, expects pilgrims for this week’s bicentenary of Bligh’s death who have minimal interest in garden history.

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