21 Jul 2010

Salvaged whisky bottle to be sold at auction

2:59 pm on 21 July 2010

A rare bottle of whisky salvaged from a shipwreck, on which a novel and film were based, is to be sold by auction in Scotland.

The bottle of Ballantine's is thought to have been recovered from the wreck of the SS Politician in the 1950s or 1960s.

The cargo ship ran aground in a gale off the Outer Hebrides, in 1941 - with more than a quarter of a million bottles of whisky on board.

Islanders, deprived of the drink because of rationing in World War II, started looting the ship, retrieving some 24,000 bottles.

In 1947, Scottish author Compton Mackenzie wrote a novel, Whisky Galore, based on the incident which, two years later, was turned into a film of the same name.