After 21 years, Halifax’s favorite anthropomorphic tugboat has left the town for a brand new journey.
Theodore Too — along with his pink ball cap, bulbous nostril and pleasant smile — has lengthy been an iconic determine, usually seen bobbing within the water of the Halifax harbour or making appearances in images.
Flanked by a flotilla on Thursday morning, the little boat sailed out of the Huge Harbour, en path to his new house on the Port of Hamilton in Ontario.
The vessel was inbuilt 2000 as a life-sized reproduction of Theodore Tugboat, the title character of a CBC youngsters’s TV present that aired from 1993 to 2001.
Since then, Theodore has spent summers internet hosting youngsters’s excursions of the Halifax harbour, in addition to cruising the Nice Lakes and seaboard within the U.S. and Canada, selling Nova Scotian tourism.
The tugboat’s new proprietor, Blair McKeil of McKeil Marine, instructed International Information that though Theodore is leaving the Maritimes, his coronary heart will all the time be in Halifax.
“He was raised within the Maritimes, he was born within the Maritimes and he’ll all the time be part of the Maritimes,” McKeil mentioned.
“I feel the gorgeous factor is, similar to our personal youngsters, we wish them to develop up and do one thing significant. Theodore is now 21. He’s changing into a younger grownup and he has an important mission, and that’s actually to share how nice the folks and the tradition are within the Maritimes.”
Ambassatours introduced in July 2020 that it determined to half methods with the vessel after 20 years of possession and listed the boat for $495,000.
At his new house, Theodore Too will collaborate with Swim Drink Fish, a water schooling and conservation advocacy group, and can promote sustainability and preservation of the Nice Lakes.
“As guardians and stewards of 20 per cent of the world’s recent water, we’ve an infinite accountability to make sure it’s swimmable, drinkable and fishable,” mentioned Mark Mattson, president of Swim Drink Fish, in a launch.
“Constructing connections with the water is a crucial step in participating us all as their guardians. Theodore loves the water as a lot as we do. He’s the proper ambassador for our Nice Lakes Information which is concentrated on serving to Canadians of all ages and backgrounds from city cities to rural communities to get to the water’s edge.”
The boat can be transformed to biodiesel, “signalling his future efforts as a sustainability champion,” mentioned the discharge.
In his new position, Theodore Too will even attempt to encourage youngsters to decide on marine business careers.
The vessel, operated by a four-person crew, is predicted to reach at his new house by July 1, with some stops alongside the best way.
Halifax’s iconic Theodore Tugboat up on the market
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