Buffett Donates Boat To USM

Thanks to a donation from entertainer Jimmy Buffett and his sisters, school children on the Gulf Coast will have a new way to learn about the bays and bayous of South Mississippi.

The Buffetts joined University of Southern Mississippi officials on Monday at the Gulf Coast Research Lab in Ocean Springs to present a new research vessel to the laboratory.

The Miss Peetsy B is named in honor of their late mother, Mary Lorraine Peetsy Buffett.

The 33-foot vessel was built in 1973. Buffett says his longtime friend, Jimbo Meador, found the boat and shepherded the project.

USM officials say upper elementary and secondary students as well as the general public will use the vessel for Sea Camp, tours along local bayous and trips to Deer Island.