Salvaged Scotch on Display to Mark 70th Anniversary of SS Politician Grounding


LIVERPOOL.- The SS Politician ran aground off the west coast of Scotland on 5 February 1941 with 28,000 cases of malt whisky aboard. She had been bound for Jamaica and America . People came in small boats from near and far to help themselves to the whisky – a rationed wartime luxury. The story of the wreck and subsequent looting of whisky by islanders is legend and was immortalised in book and film “Whisky Galore” in 1949. Now as the 70th anniversary of her last voyage approaches, two bottles of scotch salvaged from SS Politician are going on show. Amazingly one bottle still contains whisky. The whisky was acquired recently by curators UK Border Agency Museum. Other artefacts from the Harrison Line vessel will be on display including a wage book and deck log recording the stranding. Dawn Littler, curator of Archives at Merseyside Maritime Museum , said: “S