A bottle of whisky salvaged from the wreck of the SS Politician off Eriskay is being sold at an online auction – with just three days left to make a bid from today (Friday 7 August).
The sinking of the SS Politician in 1941, with thousands of cases of export whisky bound for America, is part of island folklore – in part thanks to its fictionalisation in the classic novel Whisky Galore, made into an equally classic film with the help of residents of Barra.
Divers from the Orkney firm Currie Brothers Ltd happened upon the wreck in 1987 as they were repairing a subsea cable between Eriskay and South Uist.
Former company director George Currie said: "As you can see with the smile on our faces, it was a great day’s diving".
George is now selling the bottle, together with a diver’s helmet from the time, ballast bricks also brought from the wreck and film memorabilia from the 2016 remake of the film Whisky Galore.
In 2013 two bottles from the wreck sold at Bonhams auction house for just over £12,000. With a latest bid of £6,000, today’s lot has not yet reached the reserve placed by the seller.
The sellers Grand Whisky Auction (www.grandwhiskyauction.com) also warn that the bottle is not suitable for human consumption.
Pictures show a contemporary press image of a diver from Currie Brothers Ltd and a team snap after their salvage find in 1987.