H. John Strom of Houston wanted to know why lakers such as the John G. Munson have full names while tugboats such as the Nels J. and Helen H. don’t have last names.
The answer is that some tugs do have full names. Simply, there’s less space on the stern of a tugboat for a last name, News Tribune shipping guru Steve Kuchera said, but you still see last names on some tugs. For example, the Patrick J. Hunt (formerly the Ray F. Hebert, according to tugboatinformation.com) and the Ellen S. Bouchard are tugs. There are plenty of others, too.
So, there you go, Mr. Strom. Thanks for writing to us and reading.