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VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — The M/V BIG J.O. tugboat has been put into service by Yazoo River Towing Company after a recent christening in Vicksburg.

The tug is named after one of the co-founders of Yazoo River Towing, James Oldrum Smith Jr. of Vicksburg.

Family members told The Vicksburg Post (http://bit.ly/1p85Tbi ) Smith was affectionately known as "Big J.O." along the inland river system where he kept his fingers in numerous business ventures, partnerships and towing companies. He died in 2006.

New South Marine out of Greenville built the M/V BIG J.O.

The boat is manned by a 10-person crew. It is 38 feet wide, 130 feet long.

Company officials say the last tugboat added to the Yazoo River Towing fleet was in the 1980s.

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Information from: The Vicksburg Post, http://www.vicksburgpost.com

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