Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Sorry, Halifax: Theodore Tugboat Enjoying Its Fame in Saint John

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Sorry, Halifax: Theodore Tugboat Enjoying Its Fame in Saint John

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Theodore Tugboat making waves in Saint John

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SAINT JOHN, N.B. - It's only been in Saint John for a couple of days, but a Haligonian tugboat is already a big hit in New Brunswick.

A replica of the titular main character in the children's television series "Theodore Tugboat," Theodore Too will spend the summer in the New Brunswick port city after living in the Halifax harbour for the past 18 years.

The beloved tugboat swept into the Saint John harbour on Thursday before a crowd of eager spectators, and will remain there until its departure back to Nova Scotia in October.

Miranda McCollum, 29, and her toddler Kyler Daigle-McCollum were part of Theodore's Saint John welcoming committee.

"Even though it was foggy, we sat there and watched him come in the harbour, tooting," she said in a phone interview Saturday. Kyler "was amazed. He was standing and clapping and cheering."

Like many Atlantic Canadians, McCollum grew up watching "Theodore Tugboat," which originated in Halifax and chronicled the adventures of Theodore and his friends in the Big Harbour.

The tugboat's much-anticipated visit bodes well for New Brunswick, according to Discover Saint John executive director Victoria Clarke.

During a phone interview Saturday, she said Theodore's affable presence will act as both a tourist attraction and a way to get more locals on the waterfront this summer.

"Locals are just absolutely delighted to see his smiling face in our port," she said, adding that Theodore fans span multiple generations. "Folks that have grown up watching him on TV and have not had the opportunity to see him in Halifax now have a closer-to-home opportunity."

Theodore's time in New Brunswick will be a mix of work and play: on its work days, the tugboat will host harbour tours and cruise excursions and welcome new ships to the port.

It will spend its off time hunkered down at Pugsley Slip, a prominent spot on the Saint John waterfront. …

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