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.

November
28
Volunteers Needed
We're always after more volunteers, please come and join our crew and help keep Challenge going. We ... Read More
November
23
Engine Repairs Appeal
NEWS UPDATE!After a successful year of being in steam, after being out of steam for the previous 8, ... Read More
May
25
Escort For Southampton's Iconic Tug "Calshot"
On Tuesday 25th May "Challenge" had the unique privilege to escort Southampton built classic 1929 Tu... Read More
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
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.