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Farewell to Nova Scotia: Theodore Tugboat replica leaves for new Ontario home

Theodore, the beloved TV tugboat, left Halifax Thursday morning, bound for a new Ontario home.

Smiling vessel has called Halifax home for the past 21 years

Theodore Too, the 20-metre replica of the children's TV character, was sold earlier this year and is being moved from Halifax to Ontario. (theodoretugboat.ca)

Theodore, the beloved TV tugboat, left Halifax Thursday morning, bound for a new Ontario home.

Theodore Too, the 20-metre replica of the children's TV character, was sold earlier this year to a new owner who intends to use the smiling vessel to promote the marine industry and responsible marine stewardship.

Theodore left Halifax Harbour, its home for the past 21 years, at 9 a.m. AT., 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 "sustainability champion," according to new owner Blair McKeil.

McKeil said in a news release he's arranged for the advocacy group Swim Drink Fish to use Theodore in educating Canadians about water conservation and restoration of the Great Lakes. 

McKeil said he's also planning to use Theodore to advocate for employment in Canada's marine and shipbuilding industries.

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