Theodore Too, the beloved tugboat, left Halifax Thursday morning, bound for a new home.
Theodore Too, the 20-metre replica of the children's TV character, called Halifax home for the last 21 years but was sold by Ambassatours Gray Line in March to a new owner in Ontario who intends to use the vessel to promote the marine industry and responsible marine stewardship.
“He’s leaving Halifax to do something better, but it’ll always be his home,” Breakwater Investments' CEO and president Blair McKeil said. “He will be back; his home truly is Halifax and that will never change.
“I thank Halifax and I thank all the Maritimes for allowing us to be custodians of Theodore and really help bring awareness to some very special causes but also sharing everything that’s great about the Maritimes and Halifax.”
Before the boat arrives in Ontario, Theodore's next stops are at ports across Quebec, and will be in Montreal on June 27, “pending weather and water levels.” The public will even be invited to take pictures from land.
In Theodore's new job, McKeil said Theodore will represent the “protection and connectedness of water, whether it’s the Atlantic Ocean, the Great Lakes, the Pacific Ocean or other bodies of water.”
McKeil also said Theodore will help promote and attract people to careers in the marine and shipbuilding industries and be an ambassador for "everything that's great about the Maritimes" including its culture and its people.
You can follow Theodore Too's journey on social media or on Vesselfinder. Fans can also follow the hashtags #TheosGreatLakesAdventure and #WheresTheodoreToo.