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.

February
27
Challenge On Slip
 Challenge has been slipped at the Hythe Marine on the 26th Feb 2020. She is to to be surveyed, clea... Read More
February
19
Challenge to be Slipped
Good news for all following Challenge.She is to be slipped for a hull survey and maintenance. She is... Read More
March
29
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 Please note that our "CONTACT US" page is not working.If you do wish to contact us please email us ... Read More
June
21
Filming starts on new film about Dunkirk
Filming has started on the new film about Dunkirk, Challenge was going to be involved but in the end... 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.