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Bottles salvaged from Whisky Galore ship fetch £11,625

The bottles from the SS Politician went under the hammer in Edinburgh.

Whisky: Bottles from famous shipwreck. <strong>STV</strong>
Whisky: Bottles from famous shipwreck. STV

Two whisky bottles salvaged from the wreck of the SS Politician have sold at auction in Edinburgh for more than £11,000.

The ship was the inspiration for the Sir Compton Mackenzie novel Whisky Galore.

The bottles were part of the cargo which went down with the ship in the Sound of Eriskay in 1941 and were bought by a private collector in the far east.

On Wednesday, a bottle of 1940 whisky from Gilbey’s of London sold for £6875 at Bonhams.

Another, bottled by Peter Dawson of Glasgow in 1940, sold for £4750.

The SS Politician sailed into history when it ran aground on a sandbank near the isle of Eriskay in February 1941.

Islanders rescued the ship’s crew and later returned for the thousands of bottles of malt it was carrying.

Sir Compton’s novel was adapted into the classic Ealing Comedy Whisky Galore! in 1949.


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