Theodore Tugboat draws a crowd to Prescott – .

Theodore Tugboat draws a crowd to Prescott – .

PRESCOTT, ONT. – Theodore Too has proven to be a popular draw for those in Prescott, Ont. Friday.

This is the last stop for the ship that overtook the classic ’90s children’s television show as it leaves its location in Halifax Harbor to return to its new home in Hamilton.

It made stops in places like Quebec City and Montreal and drew in large numbers of spectators along the way, said the ship’s captain, Gary Byers.

“The reception here has been simply phenomenal. Thousands of people came to see him. Even in the rain yesterday in Cornwall, ”he laughs.

Although 8-year-old Marcel Helmond had never seen the show, which originally ran until 2001, he said when he arrived by car, it was an exciting sight.

“I have never seen a boat with a smiley face on it! he told CTV News Ottawa.

Sally Tsetenjak, 13, says she read the books with her brother when she was a child.

“It reminds me a bit of Thomas the Train,” she said of the boats’ big eyes. “But kind of a boat version of it. “

The ship has been docked in Halifax Harbor for over 20 years, but after being recently sold, it now runs alongside the St. Lawrence River where it will be used to promote conservation in the Great Lakes.

Many parents were fans of the show themselves and say they hope to pass it on to a new generation.

Delta, Ont. Resident Kayleigh Daye has childhood memories of visiting Theodore Too in Halifax, she says it’s important to convey moments like this.

“I thought bringing my two to see him would be something of my past,” she says. “For them it would probably be a once in a lifetime experience. “

Weather permitting, she will travel to Brockville on Saturday and spend two days in Kingston starting Monday, before docking in Hamilton on July 18.


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