News release

Nova Scotia’s Theodore Tugboat Returns to the Big Harbour

N.S. MUSEUM--Nova Scotia’s Theodore Tugboat Returns to the Big Harbour


Theodore Too--the ocean-going ship with a giant red baseball cap, moving eyes and five-foot smile--celebrates his return home to The Big Harbour.

Theodore will be docked at The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax, on June 30, beginning at 11 a.m.

Theodore, officially named the North American Ambassador for Safe Boating, is returning to Nova Scotia after a hugely successful water safety tour in the United States. The 11-month tour placed the popular tug in front of over 8 million fans at special events in more than 45 ports along the eastern seaboard as far south as Tampa Bay, Florida.

Theodore and his crew will welcome the public aboard for dockside tours, safe boating tips and stories of their many exciting adventures from 11:20 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday; 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday; and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Monday. For families unable to visit Theodore on the weekend, extended hours are being offered on Tuesday from noon to 4 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Canadian Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons, and the Royal Canadian Lifesaving Society will offer fun, interactive opportunities for children to learn about water safety throughout the weekend. Inside the museum, other activities, including toy-boat building and contests, will take place. Visitors are also invited to view the original Theodore Tugboat set recreated exclusively inside the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

Theodore Too is based on the star of the hit preschool television program Theodore Tugboat, produced by Cochran Entertainment and seen on CBC in Canada, PBS in the United States, and in more than 75 countries worldwide. Cochran Entertainment produces quality family programming with a special focus on children’s series and films for which it owns and manages world rights in all media.

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Theodore Tugboat comes home to Halifax Harbour on Saturday, June 30, at 11 a.m.

He returns after an extensive North American tour that reached as far south as Tampa Bay, Florida.

The 65-foot oceangoing ship with the giant red baseball cap, moving eyes and five-foot smile will dock at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

Dockside tours aboard Theodore will start at 11:20 a.m. and will continue through the long weekend and into the next week.

Theodore has been named the official North American Ambassador for Safe Boating. He works with the Coast Guard to teach children and their families how to stay safe while having fun in the water.

In addition to Theodore’s visit, fun activities will take place inside the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Also indoors is an exclusive exhibit of the original Theodore Tugboat set.

The ship was based on the star of the hit preschool television program Theodore Tugboat produced by Cochran Entertainment.

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Contact:

Dawn O’Connor
Communications Nova Scotia 902-424-1720 E-mail:
Michelle Perry
Cochran Entertainment 902-422-8935 E-mail:
Gerry Lunn
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic 902-424-8793 E-mail:
kjd               June 18, 2001       10:57 A.M.