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.

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
July
12
New way to Donate
Did you know... You can now help Dunkirk Little Ships Restoration Trust - just by shopping online.Th... Read More
July
07
Clive Purser receives award.
Each year, the Transport Trust presents a series of awards to celebrate restoration excellence and c... 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.