Captain Bligh and the Breadfruit
Thursday 4th October 2018, 6-8.30pm

While most people have heard of the mutiny on the Bounty in 1789, relatively few will know that William Bligh fulfilled the mission – to transplant breadfruit from Tahiti to the West Indies – on a second voyage, with two ships, in 1791-93. This talk will explain the project, its problems, and the differing outcomes of these two remarkable Pacific voyages.

Pieter van der Merwe is Greenwich Curator Emeritus at the National Maritime Museum, which he joined in 1974: he has written on Bligh and was curator for the exhibition Captain Bligh: Myth, Man and Mutiny at the NMM Cornwall, Falmouth, in 2017.

Captain William Bligh in 1792; hand-coloured engraving after John Russell


Please note, when you book the talk the £17 ticket price includes a glass of wine (or soft drink) and entry to the Garden. Please book your supper separately (also £17 per person) - we will have sittings at 5.45pm and 8.30pm.

The meal will be a mixed buffet as well as a dessert.


The talk itself is from 7-8.15pm

Please note there is no lift to the lecture room (which is up some stairs) and we apologise for any inconvenience this might cause.


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