Built in 2009, by Hope Services Incorporated of DuLac, Louisiana (hull #169) as the Lavaca Bay for Higman Barge Lines Incorporated of Houston, Texas.
In 2018, Higman Barge Lines Incorporated was acquired by the Kirby Corporation of Channelview, Texas. Where the tug was renamed as the Deaf Smith.
Powered by two, Cummins KTA38-M0 diesel engines. With Twin Disc redacting gears, at a ratio of 6.14:1. She is a twin screw towboat, rated at 2,000 horsepower.