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
16
APPEAL FOR VOLUNTEERS
We are appealing for volunteers to help run and sail the Steam Tug Challenge. As she is berthed at S... Read More
March
29
FRIENDS OF CHALLENGE
A new group called the Friends of Challenge has been set up specifically dedicated to the Steam Tug ... Read More
February
20
Southampton Maritime Festival 2014
Challenge will to be at the Southampton Maritime Festival this year.The event is on the 22nd and 23r... Read More
December
06
Challenge, Powerboat of the Year?
Challenge has been nominated for the magazine Classic Boat's "Powerboat of the Year". The Jan 2014 i... 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.