It’s Theodore Tugboat’s final day as a Haligonian

It’s Theodore Tugboat’s final day as a Haligonian.

After 21 years of calling Halifax home, the passenger vessel with a bright yellow smiling face and red ball cap will set sail for his new port of Hamilton, Ontario Thursday.

In March it was announced Ambassatours Gray Line had sold the long time fixture in the Halifax Harbour to Blair McKeil, who is the president and CEO of Breakwater Investments and has strong ties to the Maritimes.

A partnership between McKeil and water education and conservation advocates, Swim Drink Fish, will see Theodore Too promote many of the organization’s initiatives.

McKeil also plans to use him to promote careers in Canada’s marine and shipbuilding industry.

“I’m excited to take-on my new responsibilities as a champion to the marine industry, as ambassador for Swim Drink Fish and an official guide of the Great Lakes,” said a post on Theodore Tugboat’s Facebook page.

“Of course, I’ll continue working to promote the Canadian Maritimes as my top tourist destination with so much to see and do. It’s one of my favourite things to talk about!”

Due to COVID-19 regulations, an official public send-off isn’t possible, but Haligonians are invited to follow his journey through VesselFinder.

When he arrives in Hamilton, the replica of the children’s TV show character is scheduled to be converted to biodiesel “signalling his future efforts as a sustainability champion,” a news release from Breakwater Investments said.

“Friends, no matter where I berth or where my new adventures take me, Halifax will always be my hometown,” Theodore said on social media.

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