Theodore tug­boat makes un­ex­pected visit to Meteghan

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An un­ex­pected vis­i­tor was towed to the Meteghan wharf on Nov. 1 and his big, red hat could be seen from miles away.

The tug­boat Theodore Too, the life-sized replica from the pop­u­lar TV show Theodore the Tug­boat, was on his way home to Hal­i­fax from his “sum­mer va­ca­tion” in Saint John, New Brunswick, when Theodore’s cap­tain felt the trans­mis­sion wasn’t work­ing prop­erly.

The Coast Guard ves­sel West­port helped by tow­ing Theodore to the wharf in Meteghan, Digby County, and em­ploy­ees from A.F The­ri­ault and Son Ltd. were to look af­ter his re­pairs.

“His trip home to Hal­i­fax has been de­layed, but I’m sure he won’t mind tak­ing a short va­ca­tion to Meteghan,” said Terri McCul­loch, the com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor for the tug­boat when con­tacted on Nov. 2.

A.F The­ri­ault has worked on Theodore be­fore, McCul­loch said, so the Theodore team was con­fi­dent they’ll take good care of him.

“He’s go­ing to get di­ag­nosed this af­ter­noon and hope­fully he’ll be on his way home soon,” said McCul­loch.

Gilles The­ri­ault, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of A.F. The­ri­ault and Son Ltd., says they’ve done minor re­pairs to Theodore in the past and said the re­pairs this time around aren’t ma­jor ei­ther.

“He won’t come to the ship­yard,” said The­ri­ault, say­ing in­stead the in­ten­tion was to carry out the work at the wharf in Meteghan. “We’re just do­ing minor re­pairs.”

Theodore Tug­boat spent the 2018 sum­mer tourism sea­son in Saint John, New Brunswick, in­stead of his nor­mal spot on Hal­i­fax’s water­front. In the past the tug­boat has spent part of the sum­mer in Que­bec and he’s also been on trips through the Great Lakes and along the east­ern se­aboard of the United States.

But Meteghan was a new stop for him. His ar­rival piqued the cu­rios­ity of fish­er­men at the wharf, who were sur­prised to see what was, with­out a doubt, the hap­pi­est ves­sel at the wharf. Theodore couldn’t stop smil­ing while vis­it­ing the wharf in this Aca­dian vil­lage.

A few fish­er­men climbed down to board the tug­boat to see what it would be like to sail on Theodore.

This Theodore Too tug­boat replica made his ar­rival in Hal­i­fax har­bour in 2000 and has been en­ter­tain­ing the pub­lic ever since. The Cana­dian TV Show, where his claim to fame can be traced back to, aired on CBC and PBS from 1993-2001 and fol­lowed Theodore and friends as they ex­plored feel­ings, fair­ness and friend­ships from the ocean.

COUR­TESY OF RON DE­VEAU

The tug­boat Theodore Too get­ting towed into the Meteghan Wharf on Nov. 1 by the West­port Coast Guard.

AMANDA DOUCETTE PHOTO

The tug­boat Theodore Too at the Meteghan Wharf.

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