THE STEAM TUG CHALLENGE

The Steam Tug Challenge is a true national treasure and is proud to be registered in the National Historic Fleet. Challenge was the last steam tug to have worked on the Thames, but is best known for the role she played in Operation Dynamo, evacuating of troops from the shores of Dunkirk in 1940.

This website tells the story of The Steam Tug Challenge from her launch in 1931, through her war time history, subsequent restoration and looking towards her future.

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About Challenge

The Steam Tug Challenge is typical of many of the tugs working in UK waters during the 1930s and 1940s, and as such is a great subject for those interested in ships of the era.

May
03
Exciting Plans Announced for "Challenge" Restoration
The new owner of "Challenge" (Chris Bannister) since taking it over last year has been busy working ... Read More
April
23
"ST Challenge" First Cruise For 2021
After wintering through 2020/2021 and seeing two more Covid-19 Lockdowns, "Challenge" slipped her Mo... Read More
June
28
CHALLENGE GETS NEW HOME
The Steam Tug Challenge A Dunkirk Little Ship. At 1200 on June the 20t... Read More
February
27
Challenge On Slip
Challenge has been slipped at the Hythe Marine on the 26th Feb 2020. She is to to be surveyed, clean... Read More
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Best known for her part in the evacuation of Dunkirk, the Steam Tug Challenge has a fascinating history which you can explore through our interactive timeline.