First this, . . . from a certain waterblogger I tandempost with,  about a Saturday gathering.

The Dann Ocean towing boat below bore no identifying info.  At first I wondered if it was Allie B returned from Romania, but it seemed smaller than Allie B.  An erudite reader helped me identify it.  Answer follows.

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Here’s another shot, with Dorothy Elizabeth on the Staten Island side.

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I posted Outrageous a year ago here moving a barge on the hip westbound on the East River.   Just today, thanks to Bob Beegle on the tugboats yahoo group I learned it’s the ex-Maya “built in 1981 by Dravo Steelship for Apex Towing Company (Apex Oil), as a shallow draft tug capable of working both inland and coastal waters and fitted with both steering and flanking rudders.  Reportedly very maneuverable.”  Great name, unusual profile.

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Brian Nicholas 1966 (ex-Banda Sea, Jenna B., Bunker Tide, Dad II)  pushes

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a scow.  Note:  Dad is an acronym.  Expansion comes tomorrow.

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Approaching is Dorothy Elizabeth 1951! (ex-Gotham and Christine Gellatly) with its unmistakeable color scheme.

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And we’ll end as we started with a Dann Ocean Towing boat . . .  but this one is identified:  Thomas Dann 1975 (ex-Yabucoa Service, Yabucoa, Yabucoa Sun), named for a town in southeastern Puerto Rico.

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Here’s another shot of Thomas Dann.

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So if you identified that first boat as Comet, you’d be right.  Thanks to Harold E. Tartell for the ID.  I ran a foto of Comet here a year ago.

Photos, WVD.