1931 built steam tug Challenge has been provided with a restoration grant of
almost £909,440 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Challenge is owned by Dunkirk Little Ships
Restoration Trust and they have embarked on restoring the tug in Shorheam
Port’s dry dock.
dry dock is well-equipped and provides a secure location for the initial
assessment of the tug. The Port’s experienced engineering team will be docking
the tug on Monday to enable the assessment of the tug to take place, including
the condition of the hull, thickness tests and removal of the rudder ensuring
the tug will remain water tight while the full restoration takes place. The tug
is expected to be docked for one week for the initial examination.
major re-fit has been scheduled for November and the Challenge will be back in
Shoreham Port’s dry dock for about a month. A key requirement for the Challenge
is the removal of the existing boiler. The boiler is over 3 metres long and 5
metres in diameter so a considerable amount of the superstructure will need to
be carefully removed and restored once the new boiler is fitted. Other essential
tasks to be undertaken include the restoration of the steam plant and the
updating of the electronic navigation equipment to modern safety standards.
completion of the works the Challenge is due to be permanently moved to
Southampton. The ultimate aim is for the tug to take part in the 75th
anniversary commemorations of Operation Dynamo which saw some 330,000 allied
troops rescued from the beaches of Dunkirk.
Wadey, Assistant Port Engineer has over 30 years’ experience working and
managing Shoreham Port’s dry dock. He said that “we are delighted to have the
Challenge in and working on such a historic craft. Over the years we have
docked tugs, square rigged sailing vessels, yachts, trawlers, workboats and
small ferries, and provided a first class service each time.”
Port’s engineering team aim to remain flexible to all of their customers on
bookings and availability where possible. If you are interested in using the
dry dock facility at Shoreham Port or have any questions then please contact
one of the team on 01273 598100. Alternatively for further information on
Shoreham Port’s dry dock please visit the Port’s dry
dock web page.