Based on a true story. The name of the real ship, that sunk Feb 5 1941 - during WWII - was S/S Politician. Having left Liverpool two days earlier, heading for Jamaica, it sank outside Eriskay, The Outer Hebrides, Scotland, in bad weather, containing 250,000 bottles of whisky. The locals gathered as many bottles as they could, before the proper authorities arrived, and even today, bottles are found in the sand or in the sea every other year. Written by
Jörg Ausfelt <email@example.com>
A Highland fling on a tight little island
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Did You Know?
The author of the original novel, Compton MacKenzie
, plays the captain of the ship that runs aground on the island. In reality, Mackenzie took great exception to the number of takes that director Alexander Mackendrick
made him do. See more
Had there really been whisky (or really about anything except air) in those wooden crates piled as high as a person on the rowboats the villagers use to loot the cargo ship, those boats would have capsized or sunk by the sheer weight of the crates. See more
My men are experts.
Captain Paul Waggett
So are the Todday people, at hiding whisky!
By a strange coincidence, the SS Cabinet Minister was wrecked off the island of Todday [in the movie] two years after the SS Politician, with a similar cargo, was wrecked [in real life] off the Island of Eriskay. But the coincidence stops there, for our story and the characters in it are pure fiction. See more
Brochan Lom, Tana Lom
Sung when the whisky is first being shared out See more