A modern version of the Whisky Galore film will be screen in cinemas within weeks.
The remake of the classic Ealing comedy about the floundering of the SS Politician
off Eriskay is being released on 5 May.
The tale of islanders plundering the alcohol cargo off the wreck passed into worldwide
folklore after Scottish author, Compton MacKenzie wrote a novel, Whisky Galore, based
on the incident which was later turned into a successful movie.
The new £5 million recreation stars Eddie Izzard, James Cosmo and Gregor Fisher.
This time round there was no filming on Barra or Eriskay.
Instead, shooting took place around Portsoy, Fife and Inverclyde.
In 1941, the SS Politician set sail for Kingston, Jamaica with a cargo which included
pianos, motor parts, bedding and 28,000 cases - 264,000 bottles - of whisky.
She ran aground at Calvay, between Eriskay and South Uist, on 5th February of that
year. Luckily the crew were rescued unharmed; and so, over the next few weeks, was
Islanders, from Eriskay, Barra, and South Uist, starved of whisky by war time rationing,
systematically liberated her cargo before the authorities caught up with them.
Some of the looters were fined; some ended up in jail; few of the stolen bottles