Help keep Challenge steaming!

We are looking for help to keep this beautiful steam tug in working condition, with help of donations be able  to take her around the UK to help educate people on her past & engineering.  She was built in 1931, and spent her working life on the Thames. However she played her part in 1940 when she went to Dunkirk to help bring the soldiers home. This was part of operation dynamo.  In 1942 saw challenge towing the Maunsell Anti aircraft forts into the Thames estuary to help stop the enemy bombers. At these times she was fitted with Oerlikon Cannon & forebridge for two machine guns. Also towed the Mulberry Harbour which ensured the success of the D Day landings.  In 1944 a V1 flying bomb exploded in thewater close to challenge causing extensive damage, thankfully all of her crew survived, some of the shrapnel holes still present from the blast.  By 1974 she was the last working steam tug on The Thames and was due to be scrapped. But luckily was sold to St Katherines Yacht Haven close to the Tower Bridge. She spent nineteen years there.  In 1993 she was rescued by Dunkirk little ships restoration trust. With the great skills of this trust they done major hull work and replacing her original steam boiler with a more efficient oil boiler.  Now we have taken the great honour of looking after this vessel and would love totake her around the UK as much as we can to share her story and educate people about her and great history she represents. So please help us with this mission  Thank you  The Steam Tug Trust   

Donations

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  • Martin Stubbins 
    • £25 
    • 29 days ago
  • Matthew Scrutton 
    • £50 
    • 4 months ago
  • Anonymous 
    • £25 
    • 4 months ago
  • Kate Hurst 
    • £25 
    • 5 months ago
  • Margaret McEwan  
    • £50 
    • 5 months ago
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Organiser

Chris Bannister 
Organiser
Felixstowe, East of England, United Kingdom
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