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Theodore the Tugboat Sold

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  1. Riknpat

    Riknpat Senior Member

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    Popular Halifax tugboat attraction Theodore has been sold and will relocate to Hamilton Ontario. Bought by Blair McNeil, the much loved tug will tour the great lakes to encourage young 'inlanders' to consider careers in the marine and boating industries. Good luck to Theodore on his new career!
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    I visited Halifax about 15 years ago, and I took the following photos of a couple of boats that grabbed my attention.
    I guess the first one was the one you are referring to in this thread.
    Saying that it can hardly go unnoticed is an understatement!

    The second has nothing to see with that, but I hope you'll forgive me if I take the opportunity of this thread to ask if anyone knows something about her.
    Aside from being impressed by how immaculate she was, the name made me wonder if she had anything to see with a famous ice cream factory... :)

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  4. Riknpat

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    Yup. That's Theodore Too
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    If not they must get real tired of getting asked why. Must also prompt extra scrutiny when applying for a boat loan.:D
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    I had a "personal" relationship with Theodore. The naval architect that designed him, Marius Lengkeek of Lengkeek Vessel Engineering, is the NA that designed the Cape Horn 65s. Theodore was built for Peter Murphy of Murphy's on The Water, a successful tourist restaurant, in Halifax. Then Theodore became the mascot for Halifax Harbor. Peter is doing commercial maritime work and is one of my delivery captains. Several years ago, Peter brought Theodore to FLL for a goodwill tour. My daughter's elementary school class of children with special needs was invited aboard while she was docked at Riverwalk. A memorable event! The harbormaster of the show was Denny Doherty of Mamas and Papas fame. A fast inet search on Theodore tells of interesting history.

    I won't be able to check back in for a couple days, so please excuse if there are posts to which I am not responding.

    Judy
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    What a nice story and memory.
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    Saw her in Halifax last year. Will get picture when she comes up the Welland Canal.


    Tug Theodore Too coming to Port Dover

    3/28 - Port Dover, ON – A famous tugboat will make Port Dover its summer home once the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

    Friday, developer and marine operator Blair McKeil confirmed he has purchased the Theodore Too, an imposing 60-foot craft based on a television series that is popular with children the world over.

    “He will spend part of the summer in Port Dover,” McKeil said. “He will be up there July and August. It’s a perfect place for him.” Ambassatours Gray Line of Halifax, previous owner of Theodore Too, put the tug up for sale last year.

    Ambassatours had been thinking of a sale beforehand but the pandemic forced it to act. Social-distancing rules and other pandemic protocols meant it was no longer economical to offer the tug for harbour tours, the company said last year at the time of the listing.

    The Theodore Too will travel the Great Lakes and elsewhere as a thrill for children and to promote careers in marine industries. McKeil’s family owns McKeil Marine, which has numerous shipping interests on the Great Lakes and which got its start in Nova Scotia.

    While the Theodore is in Port Dover, McKeil intends to moor it on the west side of the Lynn River across from the Port Dover Yacht Club. McKeil wants to keep the Theodore out of the harbour because the water there can get rough at times, which can be hard on hulls.

    McKeil added the Theodore will also spend time in the harbor in Hamilton in a high-profile location accessible to families.

    Interest from buyers and media was intense last year when Ambassatours announced Theodore Too was on the market. Ambassatours fielded numerous offers, but felt McKeil Marine understood the boat and had its best interests at heart.

    “When we listed Theodore for sale several months ago, we focused on helping him create a new chapter that would harmonize with his roots,” Dennis Campbell, CEO of Ambassatours Gray Line, said in a news release. “While fielding inquiries from all over the world, it was the offer from Blair McKeil that felt like the best fit for Theodore’s personality, experience and potential.”

    The Theodore Too looks like a novelty boat. But beneath the animated exterior is a well-maintained working vessel.

    The tug is 60 feet long, 22 feet in the beam and has a draft of nearly nine feet. The Theodore Too is rated for 49 passengers. The boat has two single cabins, two double cabins, a laundry room, a shower, a galley with sink, a refrigerator, a freezer, an oven, a range and a microwave station. The onboard cistern holds 681 gallons of freshwater.

    It is also fully outfitted with nautical electronics, including two VHF radios, radar, GPS, a hailer, a chart plotter, auto pilot, remote joystick steering, a depth sounder, compass, a rudder angle indicator, closed-circuit TV, a public-address system, and two flat-screen TVs. The Theodore Too also comes with an assortment of life preservers.

    McKeil says the boat requires a crew of three. He sees the tug making guest appearances at port towns on the north shore of Lake Erie when those communities are having special events and festivals. He says Theodore Too will make its presence felt in Port Dover during Canada Day festivities, fair-weather Friday the 13th motorcycle rallies, and Summerfest.

    The Theodore Too was inspired by the CBC television program Theodore Tugboat, which ran from 1993 to 2001.
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    Thanks for that
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    Thanks for posting, Rodger. I knew that YF had a few posts on Theodore so I used the YF Search button. Yep, a few mentions including a thread titled "Halifax Harbor."
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    Tug Theodore is departing Halifax this Thursday destination is Hamilton Ontario
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    She is on the way Capture.PNG
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    Great photoshop picture. It says a lot. At least Theodore will be put to good use in an altruistic way and not as a commercial enterprise.
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    Turn speakers on
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    Look who arrived at Port Dalhousie today.
    She entered the Welland Canal this morning went through Lock One to Port Weller Drydock for temporary repairs then back down the lock to Port Dalhousie. Theodore Too.jpg
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    S/he brings a smile every time! Thanks for posting.