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.

August
09
Challenge Visits Knock John Fort
AUGUST 1st 2022  Ladies and gentlemen!  We did it!! I am incredibly proud to confirm that, this a... Read More
April
03
Easter Weekend Works
Volunteers are needed to assist with the various tasks on board to prepare for this years season and... Read More
January
28
Challenge needs a new home
Challenge need's help!!!! Today is a day we were dreading. ABP have been truly outstanding and sup... Read More
January
23
Challenge is 91!
This year 2022 marks the 91 year old Birthday for "Challenge".Launched on the 22nd January 1931 at A... Read More
Challenge

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.