Is the movie vessel Moonstone a renamed Little Ship?

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JoeinAtl
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I am unable to find authoritative information to answer this question. One article suggests that Moonstone was "inspired" by Sundowner:

https://rogersmovienation.com/2017/07/21/the-vessel-that-inspired-the-mo...

It seems to me that Moonstone is merely an antique vessel that suited the movie's filming needs. Does anyone have better information?

It seems a shame that with many actual Little Ships still in service, the director did not seek to use one in his film.

Lady Lou
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Moonstone

When Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk film was released in July, one vessel has become the most globally recognised Dunkirk boat. She is Revlis, the boat that is skippered by Mark Rylance's character. In the film she's called Moonstone and a fair proportion of the story is told from her decks; Warner Brothers even built a replica of her to use in their studio's tank in Los Angeles. But to clarify things, she is not a Little Ship and played no part in Operations Dynamo, Aerial or Cycle.

Revlis (Silver spelt backwards) is a 43ft single engined motor cruiser, built in 1939 at John A. Silver's yard in Rosneath, Scotland. Her owner intended to use her as a tender and live aboard cruiser for his racing yacht. Following her builders trials, Yachting World concluded "All things considered, Revlis is a thoroughly sound type of craft and is a credit to Mr. John Bain, of Silver’s, who designed her. With ample beam, plenty of power and a ?ne grip of the water, she should be an exceptionally able sea boat."

During the war, Revlis was employed by the Royal Navy as a degaussing vessel on the River Clyde. Degaussing is a process that is designed to reduce ships' magnetic signatures and make them less susceptible to magnetic mines. She was commissioned on the 22nd of June 1942 as HMS Revlis, and was used by both Flag Officer Western Approaches and Rear Admiral Combined Operations, before being paid off in February 1947.

She seems to have spent her life in Scotland and was purchased by the film company in Inverness. The boat’s owner sold her for the benefit of the sailing charity Sail 4 Cancer, which is primarily a provider of water based respite days and breaks for families affected by cancer.

Although Revlis isn't a Little Ship, we think she makes a fitting stand in and I hope the film company pass her on to an enthusiastic new owner who will cherish her for many years to come.

Warner Bros. needed a vessel that could be altered to accommodate the filming and could be used at several locations during the production. It was felt that it would not be suitable to risk a genuine Little Ship.