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The past few months I’ve been feeling my way through the archives of the Canal Society of New York.  Doing so, I assumed that all the images I found there had relevance for the Barge Canal.  That assumption confounded me in this case.  So I’ll leave this as a clue.  What, where, when built, and anything more you can tell.  I have located that info on this one.

Previous “tugle” posts, inspired by world and all of its spawn, can be found here



Tugle 2 stumped me until I saw the label:  “Matton hull 328.”  That was Challenger, seen here, and solving the puzzle, an unusually challenging task.

Unlike previous days’ “tugle 1 and 2,” I don’t know the story below.  

Raised lettering can be seen on the stern quarter, but I can’t make that out.  Lower line probably says “New York.”  Top line may end in “#2.” It could also be “use” and that suggests “Syracuse.”

Fire is the greatest danger on water, and this boat has clearly seen a conflagration.

Photo is from the Canal Society of New York archives.

If you’re appetite for puzzles is whetted, here’s one–East River Mystery 3– from a decade plus ago that I feel was never really solved.


Thanks for playing yesterday.  Thanks to someone doing photo labelling more than half a century ago, I know the answer here too, although I admit there’s not much to go on.  This tug has appeared on this blog once before.

Photo is from the Canal Society of New York archives.

Hat tip to George Schneider for his correct identification to tugle 1;  ditto to Chris Freeman on FB.


Wordle has taken the gamers’ world by storm.  It’s also spawned other games like globle and worldle

If you’ve never played globle, try it at the link here.

So here’s the rule with tugle, a game not nearly so clever as the others, but I try:  guess in what context this tugboat has previously appeared on this blog.  Yes, it has appeared here more than a half dozen times.

Thanks for trying.  


I have lots more Gayer Barge Canal tugboat photos coming, but this set of photos had me puzzled until just now.

I’d seen the Merritt-Chapman & Scott crane barges Charleston and Concord with a tugboat in between.  Focussing on trying to identify the tugboat as well as the location on the Barge Canal blinded me to the activity in the photos.  I’ll give my interpretation later in the post, but first . . . tell me how you read the photos.

I love the lines on the small workboat Contest

All undated photos by Albert Gayer.

First, I think the photos were taken on the Rondout, not the Barge Canal, but I don’t know where on the Rondout that quarry might be located.  

 Second, it appears that Charleston and Concord have just raised that tugboat from where it sank.

Alternative interpretations, especially if mine is wrong and yours is correct, are welcome.

Many thanks to John Skelson for sharing these photos . . .  and I’ll leave you guessing for a day or so.

Notice the vessel westbound in the background.  In the foreground, that’s Caddell’s with an Erie Lackawanna tug and a dilapidated ferry.    The mystery vessel is what’s in the background.


The bridge needs no identification although the Bayonne shore in the background looks opener than it currently is.


The number of tugs is just fabulous.


And to return some color to the blog, here are Gary (right) and I sharing a beer after the show last night.  Thanks to all who attended and to the crews of five interesting documentaries.   I hope to see more of the festival Saturday and Sunday.


Again, thanks much to John Skelson for sharing the mystery photos.  Now . .  please weigh in.


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