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Following the cancellation of the CBC television series Theodore Tugboat, the series’ creators created a model (dubbed Theodore Too) in the late 1990s and took it on a fifty-city tour of harbours (to support Nova Scotia tourism) starting in Tampa and ending in Halifax. When Theodore Too returned to Halifax, a tourist firm purchased the Theodore Too and used it for promotional purposes.

Theodore was shut down in July 2020, according to The Scuba News Canada, and has since been docked in Bedford, Nova Scotia.

Theodore Too, Nova Scotia’s life-sized TV replica tugboat, was sold today by Ambassatours Gray Line to Blair McKeil, founder of McKeil Marine, one of Canada’s leading marine service providers. In his new position, Theodore will travel to ports across the Great Lakes and Atlantic Canada on new promotional missions.

Blair McKeil, Theodore’s new owner, has deep ties to the Maritimes, especially Nova Scotia. His paternal grandfather and father were both born in Pugwash, while his maternal grandfather was born in Cape Breton. McKeil visits Nova Scotia on a regular basis and has business interests there. McKeil was inspired by a deep personal interest in inspiring young people to seek careers in the marine industry.

Theodore Too and the Queen Mary 2014

“We really need Theodore’s help to engage young people across the country, to raise more awareness of the very satisfying and lucrative marine career options available,” He’ll be a very busy 21-year old – travelling port to port, with such promotions, and, of course, he’ll continue to be an ambassador for the Maritimes and Nova Scotia throughout.”.

Blair McKeil, Current Owner of Theodore too

The asking price was $495,000 last year, but as of this post, there is no detail about how much Blair McKeil paid for Theodore.


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Kathy is the owner of Kirk Scuba Gear, a passionate Scuba Diver, Ocean Advocate and Managing Editor of The Scuba News Canada

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