London Merchant was laid down at Furness Shipbuilding Company Ltd in September 1920, and was launched in November 1921. She entered service as a general freighter between England and America for the company Furness Wilthy two years later. In 1935 she was sold to Charente Steamship Company and renamed Politician. After the outbreak of second world war, she was requisitioned by the British Admiralty.  Under a journey from Liverpool to New Orleans with trade goods and vehicles, she sailed north towards Scotland to join a convoy. She hit ground 5.February 1941 outside the island of Eriskay, and it soon became known to the local population that she carried twenty thousand cases of Scotch whisky. The following six months most of the cargo and vehicles on board was salvaged. This was also the case of the whisky in hold # 5, which was "rescued" by the locals. 32 men were later sentenced for theft from the wreck. In the 1980's several expeditions were launch to recover the rest of the bottles. The stern and other remains of the Politician, rest today northeast of the island of Calvay on a depth of approximately 5 to 20 meter.

Former names:

450,6 x 58,7 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
7899 grt
Stockton ( UK ) 1921
( UK )

57 06 07 N, 007 16 28 W
( Source: Canmore )

Picture: Politician
Courtesy of Wikipedia

Last updated: March 2020