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It's Davy Jones's liquor.

TREASURE hunter Jim Phillips was drowning his sorrows last night - after downing a bottle of beer which turned out to be worth pounds 1,000.

The 105-year-old ale was among thousands of crates which went down to Davy Jones's locker when a storm-lashed cargo ship sank off the coast of west Wales.

Most of the booze was salvaged and washed down by locals after the freighter, en route from Glasgow to Australia, hit Thorn Island at full sail in 1894.

But Jim and a team of Swansea-based scuba divers found seven barnacle-encrusted bottles hidden among the ship's timbers and thick weeds 25 feet below.

The cork in one bottle popped as it was brought to the surface and real ale lover Jim, 51, could not resist having a swig.

"It was flat and a bit sour but it hadn't been contaminated," he said. "I offered it around to the rest of the team but no one was interested so I finished it off.

"We later had the find, which is to go for auction, valued at pounds 1,000 a bottle. So it must be the dearest pint I'll ever have."
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Author:Roberts, Dave
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 12, 1999
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