Nova Scotia’s icon Theodore Tugboat moving to Ontario

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Tugging at our heartstrings: Nova Scotia’s icon Theodore Tugboat moving to Ontario


By Karla Renic Global News
Posted March 26, 2021 9:23 am
Updated March 26, 2021 3:24 pm
From Halifax to Hamilton, the iconic Theodore Tugboat is sailing way.

The iconic vessel has been bought by Blair McKeil, founder of McKeil Marine, after spending more than two decades in the Halifax Harbour.

Once he arrives in Hamilton, Theodore will embark on commercial trips across the Great Lakes and Atlantic Canada.

Ambassatours Gray Line, owners of Theodore Too, Nova Scotia’s life-sized TV replica tugboat, today announced the vessel’s sale to Blair McKeil, founder of McKeil Marine. @globalhalifax pic.twitter.com/iRafz4nrW9
— Reynold Gregor (@reynoldgregor) March 26, 2021

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https://globalnews.ca/news/7720966/...tias-icon-theodore-tugboat-moving-to-ontario/


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https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova...eplica-sold-to-new-owner-in-ontario-1.5965102

From the Beaverton;
https://www.thebeaverton.com/2021/03/theodore-tugboat-gets-stuck-in-northwest-passage/
 

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Theodore TOO Tugboat Announces Ontario Schedule – Kingston, Toronto, and Hamilton Among Ontario Ports
Published by To Do Canada On June 30, 2021

Theodore TOO berthed at Station Marina in Miramichi, NB. June 17, 2021. (CNW Group/BWTT Holdings Inc.)
The Theodore TOO Tugboat, a reproduction of the original TV character Theodore Tugboat from the beloved CBC series “Theodore Tugboat”, has announced the dates when he will dock at Ontario ports.
Theodore Tugboat was sold last year by its Halifax owners and the new owner, Blair McKeil, is bringing him to Hamilton.
While on its Great Lakes sail, photographs are welcome when he is on open waters and docked in ports as permitted.
In Kingston, a temperature sensor will be added onboard Theodore TOO. It will take surface water temperatures at his subsequent ports of call and will feed real time location and surface temperatures that inform a water quality guide for 8,000 beaches.
Ontario Schedule
Exact locations will be provided closer to his arrival in each port.
  • Cornwall — July 6
  • Prescott — July 8
  • Brockville — July 10
  • Kingston — July 12
  • Oshawa — July 14
  • Toronto — July 16
  • Burlington Canal — July 18
  • Hamilton — July 18
You can find him using Vessel Finder and follow Theodore TOO and his crew, on their journey and real-time coordinates.
You can also follow him using hashtags #TheosGreatLakesAdventure and #WheresTheodoreToo.

Article;
https://www.todocanada.ca/theodore-...ton-toronto-and-hamilton-among-ontario-ports/

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https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/theodore-tugboat-is-spending-the-day-in-montreal
 

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Theodore Too proving to be a big draw along the Seaway
Author of the article:
Brockville Recorder
Publishing date:
Jul 09, 2021
Theodore Too was attracting a steady stream of fans to Prescott’s downtown waterfront area on Thursday and Friday. The life-size replica of the Theodore Tugboat character that starred in a children’s TV series for several years and had been calling Halifax home is being delivered to its new owner in Hamilton.
The smiling tugboat left Cornwall for the Fort Town on Thursday morning.
Theodore arrived at the foot of Centre Street at about 3 o’clock and docked just west of Prescott’s RiverWalk Park as the sky opened.
“Even in the rain, this place was packed,” captain Gary Byers said.
The crew ended up adding time to the trip from Cornwall to Prescott because of interest on both sides of the river, including the Iroquois locks.

The Theodore Tugboat series originally ran from 1993 to 2001. The parents who watched the show when they were kids and are now in their late 20s or 30s “are more interested than their children,” Byers observed. “It brings back a lot of memories.”
Among the grown-ups who flocked to Prescott’s waterfront on Friday was Tom Polite, who noted that his family had been pulling up Theodore Tugboat episodes on YouTube the past couple of weeks knowing that the tugboat would be making a stop in town.

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Theodore Too Draws Onlookers to Lake Ontario Shoreline
A famous tugboat drew onlookers to the Lake Ontario shoreline in Northumberland County on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 to try and catch a glimpse.
Theodore Too which is a 65-foot life-sized reproduction of the tugboat appearing in the television series “Theodore Tugboat” said from Kingston to Oshawa on Wednesday.
The children’s series aired on CBC in 1993 with 130 episodes. The show was about a tugboat names Theodore who lived in the Big Harbour with all his friends. It was set in Halifax, where Theodore Too had its home port until June 10 when it commenced it’s journey to its new home at the Port of Hamilton.
Along the way on Wednesday a number of people were along the shoreline with binoculars in hand trying to spot the famous tugboat heading west on Lake Ontario.
One family was on their way home to Toronto from Montreal and had been following the social media posts about Theodore Too and stopped in Cobourg.
Although the tug was a fair distance from shore, the family were extremely happy to catch a glimpse from the east pier in Cobourg.
The family was only in Cobourg for a short period of time, but said they love what they did see of the town and said they would coming back.

A 4-person crew is accompanying Theodore TOO where he will be converted to biodiesel signalling his future efforts as a sustainability champion.
Theodore Too was built at Snyder’s Shipyard in Dayspring, Nova Scotia and launched on April 19th, 2000, while his official birthday (certificate day) is May 5th, 2000.


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TIME
ACTION
07:00
• Theodore TOO and Crew depart from Toronto Harbour Front
• Joined by Toronto Regional Police Marine Unit Vessels
• TBC Joined by HMCS York
07:05 – 09:00
• Sail to Port Credit, Mississauga
• Joined by Peel Police Marine Unit Vessels
• Joined by Halton Police Marine Unit Vessels
09:00 – 09:30
• Photo opportunities from land
• Vessels arrange in formation – communication channel for vessels:
09:30
• Depart for Hamilton
09:30 – 11:00
• Sail the shoreline from Port Credit to Hamilton for land viewing opportunities
o Slow down in Oakville, Bronte and Burlington
o Sounds horns in these areas
11:00 – 12:00
• Sail to Hamilton, be joined by Hamilton Police Marine Units by TBC
• Toronto Police Marine Unit to depart? Welcome to continue if able
12:00 – 13:00
• Arrival into Hamilton Waters, joined by Heddle Marine and Lani Marine Tugs
• Continue to Hamilton Harbour Bay Area
13:45 – 14:00
• Vessels pause in bay area in view of harbour
• Waters show starts
14:00 – 14:30
• All vessels depart
• Theodore TOO pulls into harbour to slip TBC, ties up
14:30 – 14:45
• Gang plank put in place
• Crew and land team un-load birchbark canoe from vessel
• Canoe berthed in water next to Theo with Chuck Commanda as captain of the canoe
14:45 – 14:50
• Welcome Message from Blair McKeil, President BWI / TT2 Owner
14:50 – 14:55
• Welcome Message from Mark Mattson, President SDF
14:55 – 15:00
• Welcome Message from Ian Hamilton, President HOPA
15:00 – 15:10 • Indigenous Blessing from Chief R. Stacey LaForme, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation
15:10 – 15:20
• Indigenous Blessing from Chief Kevin Deer of Kahnawake Mohawk and a flotilla.
15:20 – 15:25
• Concluding Thank You message, Kathy McKeil, Chief of Staff, BWI
15:30 – 16:30
• Photos and interview opportunities
16:30
• Wrap
** Recommended arrival time to invited guests is 13:00. Please proceed to the designated guest zone at Pier 8, adjacent the skate park.
THEODORE TOO - ARRIVAL TO HAMILTON HARBOUR
JULY 18, 2021
HAMILTON HARBOUR, PIER 8 (https://www.google.com/maps/@43.2772505,-79.8617821,18.19z)
RUN OF SCHEDULE
 

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Theodore Too’s big adventure ends in Hamilton

By Cathie CowardPhotojournalist
Sun., July 18, 2021

Theodore Too arrived to its new Hamilton Harbour home Sunday with fans and photographers waiting.

The iconic Haligonian tugboat was purchased by Blair McKeil, president of Burlington-based McKeil Marine in March.

After leaving Halifax on June 10, the 65-foot replica of beloved children’s TV character, Theodore Tugboat, made stops in Toronto, Kingston and other ports along the way, on a mission to promote water conservation, with Hamilton as its final destination.

Read whole article and see all Cathie's great pictures;
https://www.thespec.com/photos/2021/07/18/theodore-toos-big-adventure-ends-in-hamilton.html
 
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