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History: Classic yacht Malahne’s role in the Dunkirk evacuation

Written by
Charl van Rooy

In the 2017 Christopher Nolan film, 'Dunkirk' which explores the role played by British civilian craft in the evacuation of allied forces stranded in wartime France, one particular vessel of the rescue fleet is of particular interest to the superyacht community. Although several vessels of the ‘Little Ships’ fleet, as they were known, are still in operation today, few now operate on such a luxurious and commercial scale as the 50-metre Malahne.

Built in 1937 at Camper and Nicholsons, Mahlahne first formed part of the Channel Patrol before being sent over to France a mere three years after her launch to take part in the evacuation of French and Belgian troops from the beaches of Dunkirk. Malahne’s stint in war operations was not over yet, however, as she was later stationed in Scotland where she formed part of the Fleet Air Arm that served in the training of British air force crews.

Today Malahne cruises as a luxurious and impeccably-restored motor yacht after a refit at Pendennis in 2015. The yachting icon is available for charter through Edmiston.

Photos via Edmiston

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