In spite of a tendency to refer to vessels using pronouns for female humans, gender equality is alive and well in naming.



high and dry Miller Girls, not named for a so-called beverage . . .


wet and buoyant Miller Girls . . . with the name invisible?



A few minutes later, westbound comes Barker Boys . . .pulling a string of empty gravel barges. Suppose the Barker Boys and Miller Girls ever raft up?


All photos by Will Van Dorp.


According to this database maintained by the Tugboat Enthusiast Society, Miller Girls launched in Jersey City 32 years ago; Barker Boys launched in Louisiana 33 years ago. They’re age-compatible.