Whisky Galore Bottle Makes £4,200 at Bonhams Scottish Sale


LONDON.- A bottle of whisky salvaged from the “Whisky Galore” ship, The SS Politician, was sold today for £4,200 on the second day of Bonhams annual Scottish Sale in Edinburgh. It was retrieved from the wreck of the ship in the 1950s or 1960s and was estimated to fetch £1,200 – 1,800. The sale made a total of £92,000 and practically every bottle was sold. The story of the SS Politician and its cargo of whisky is known round the world thanks to the novelist Sir Compton MacKenzie who based his book ‘Whisky Galore’ on the real life events. The novel was later made into a very popular Ealing Comedy film. In 1941, the ship set sail for Kingston, Jamaica with a cargo which included pianos, motor parts, bedding and 28,000 cases (264,000 bottles) of whisky. It ran aground in a gale off the Outer Hebrides near the island of Eriskay. Islanders, from Eriskay and beyond, starved of whisky by war time rationing,