Farewell to Nova Scotia: Theodore Tugboat’s replica leaves for a new home in Ontario
Theodore, the beloved television tug, left Halifax on Thursday morning, bound for a new home in Ontario.
Theodore Too, the 20-meter replica of the children’s television character, was sold earlier this year to a new owner who intends to use the smiling ship to promote the shipping industry and responsible shipping management.
Theodore left Halifax Harbor, where he had lived for 21 years, at 9 a.m., surrounded by a flotilla of other boats.
The tugboat’s new home will be the Port of Hamilton. Upon arrival, its engine will be converted to biodiesel – a symbol of Theodore’s future as a “champion of sustainability,” according to new owner Blair McKeil.
McKeil said in a press release that he made arrangements for advocacy group Swim Drink Fish to use Theodore to educate Canadians about water conservation and Great Lakes restoration.
McKeil said he also plans to use Theodore to advocate for employment in Canada’s maritime and naval industries.
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