This could be called “How to identify a tug: start by recognizing fleets.” Long neck and short stack . . or vice versa. Bound for the North River are McAllister Responder with tall ringed stack and Norwegian Sea with tall orange-tipped house and mustard stack.
The height of wheelhouse matters not: tall orange-and-black house here–along with the black stack–makes it a Hornbeck, and this case, it’s Gulf Service.
Short red-and-white ringed stack–it’s Ellen McAllister. And the baby-blue stack with DT on it is Dann Ocean Towing’s Comet. By the way, I haven’t seen Dann’s Allie B since her departure for Rumania late last winter. Anyone spot Allie B?
Black stack with a bold M . . it’s Moran. In this case, it’s Miriam Moran, out to rustle up a ship.
In this case, the mustard stacks identify this vessel as a K-Sea . . . .it’s Falcon, with her low stern.
The stack color on Reinauer boats has much the same mustard color–at least in this light–but the addition of the diamond and the red . . . is unmistakeable. In this case, it’s Christian Reinauer.
Most prominent feature of this vessel–foto taken in the drizzle yesterday–is not the stack at all, but the color and superstructure shape. Anyone know?
It’s Cheyenne –or Crow–of course. In this case Cheyenne. Close up of Cheyenne‘s stack soon.
Last one . . . has no stack at all and I’ve run it before. It’s a mystery ship taken by bowsprite about a month ago and we’d love to get an identification. Help? Foto was taken from Lower Manhattan looking toward Jersey City; vessel headed upriver. Aliens . . . discovering the river, perhaps?
All fotos except the mystery ship by Will Van Dorp.