Canada’s most famous tugboat pulled into Port Dover on Monday.
Theodore Too, the vessel built in the image of the famous tugboat from the children’s tale, will be stationed at the courtesy docks outside of the Port Dover Harbour Museum, Norfolk County Mayor Kristal Chopp said in Facebook post.
She said the crew will be ready to welcome visitors Tuesday, although, because of COVID-19 protocols, people will not be permitted to board the vessel.
The mayor said the museum will be open daily during Theodore’s visit and “will have some fun activities for folks to do.”
The Port Dover library branch will host an outdoor storytime on Tuesday, with a take-home craft for those in attendance, she said.
The beige-and-black ocean-going vessel adorned with that familiar smiling face and red ball cap was built in Dayspring, N.S., and launched in April 2000. As of July 18, the boat has been based in Hamilton and has been travelling the Great Lakes to promote Canada’s maritime industry.
“We are very excited to host Theo and can’t wait to show him a warm Norfolk County welcome and to let him know that he’s got great new neighbours,” said Chopp.
Theodore Too’s owner, Blair McKeil, said in June the tugboat also will be part of a collaboration with the water education and conservation advocacy organization, Swim Drink Fish.
The story of Theodore the Tugboat was created by Andrew Cochran, based on a bedtime story he told his son. The stories later became a television series, which spawned the life-sized replica named Theodore Too.
The ship weighs 105 tonnes, is almost 20 metres long and runs on 400-horsepower propulsion, though it operates as a tour boat, not a tugboat.
It’s unknown when Theodore will leave Port Dover. Schedule updates will be posted on social media.