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.

April
11
CHALLENGE TO RETURN TO DUNKIRK
Challenge will be returning to Dunkirk this May. Further details to follow.... Read More
February
10
Fundraising for Challenge
We have launched a campaign to raise funds to allow us to take Challenge to the 75th anniversary of ... Read More
October
26
75th Anniversary Return to Dunkirk
The Association has received an official invitation from the Mayor of Dunkirk to return to Dunkirk ... Read More
August
15
Recruiting Volunteers Now
We are appealing for volunteers to help run and sail the Steam Tug Challenge. As she is berthed at S... 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.