Theodore Too arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick yesterday where he will be available for daily family and public harbour tours throughout the summer. The Theodore Too was commissioned by Cochran Entertainment, Inc in 2000 and is modelled after the popular children's television show, Theodore Tugboat, which aired on CBC in Canada, and PBS in the USA from 1993 until 2001.
Built by Snyder's Shipyard, Dayspring, Nova Scotia
Tonnage 105 mt
Length 20 m
Beam 6.7 m
Draft 2.21 m
Propulsion 400 hp
The boat was designed by Fred Allen and naval architect Marius Lengkeek of Lengkeek Vessel Engineering and the hull and wheelhouse are made entirely of wood, with a fibreglass hat and smokestack. It has a 'face' on the funnel, with large realistic hydraulic eyes which are no longer operational.The boat displays a number of prop details such as winches and towing bitts inspired from real tugs but operates as a tour boat, not a real tugboat.
When Theodore Too was launched the ocean-going tug carried out a 50-city tour down the eastern seaboard to Tampa Bay and back through the Great Lakes to Chicago. Now the Theodore Too is the Ambassador of the US National Safe Boating Council and mascot to the US Coast Guard, participating in several tall ship events. Theodore Too has a full-time three-person crew and generally operates from the Cable Wharf in downtown Halifax.