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
24
New Home for Challenge (Update)
Challenge's new home is now going to be back on the river Thames at Trinity Buoy Wharf. I know this ... Read More
August
03
New Home for Challenge
Finally some good news. After searching the country for a suitable berth for Challenge Hull has been... Read More
September
07
PBO Article
 Just to give you the heads up on an upcoming 4 page article in October's edition of Practical Boat ... 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
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.