NEW YORK (TheStreet) --Enough with the DryShips! In three previous polls, we've asked our loyal dry-bulk readers to register their opinions regarding some of the larger companies in the sector, including not only DryShips (DRYS) - Get Report, but also Diana Shipping (DSX) - Get Report, Genco Shipping & Trading (GNK) - Get Report and several other names with relatively high market caps.

Now, we ask you, instead: Which small dry-bulk outfit has the potential to break out and blow up? Which company has the leadership, the cajones, the savvy, the gumption, to become a force to be reckoned with among the big(ger) boys?

Here's a selection of lesser-known publicly traded mariners, in ascending order of market-cap size:

Top Ships

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Paragon Shipping



Place your bets and take your pick. And, as always, feel free to leave a comment explaining your choice -- or even to write in a new candidate not included in our list.

-- Written by Scott Eden in New York

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Scott Eden has covered business -- both large and small -- for more than a decade. Prior to joining, he worked as a features reporter for Dealmaker and Trader Monthly magazines. Before that, he wrote for the Chicago Reader, that city's weekly paper. Early in his career, he was a staff reporter at the Dow Jones News Service. His reporting has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Men's Journal, the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, and the Believer magazine, among other publications. He's also the author of Touchdown Jesus (Simon & Schuster, 2005), a nonfiction book about Notre Dame football fans and the business and politics of big-time college sports. He has degrees from Notre Dame and Washington University in St. Louis.