Nauticus to Host Theodore Tugboat
In partnership with Norfolk Sister Cities, Nauticus will host a very special guest, Theodore Tugboat, May 12 & 13. Theodore is an exact replica of the toy vessel used on the popular Canadian television series, Theodore Tugboat, also of PBS fame, as well as a native of Norfolk’s sister city, Halifax.
Complete with a shiny red ball cap, five-foot smile, and moving eyes, Theodore will be docked at Nauticus and open for public boarding from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Visits are free and open to the public. Sunday, May 13th will include children’s activities, bagpipers and WHRO PBS Kids Van. Theodore serves as official ambassador to Halifax Harbour, his homeport, and operates unique, educational tours geared for young people that explore the activities of a working harbor.
Norfolk Sister Cities Association is a member of Sister Cities International, whose mission is to create and strengthen partnerships between U.S. and international communities. The organization strives to build global cooperation at the municipal level, promote cultural understanding and stimulate economic development. In addition to Halifax, Norfolk’s other sister cities include Kitakyushu (Japan), Wilhelmshaven (Germany), Norfolk (United Kingdom), Toulon (France), Kaliningrad (Russia), Cagayan de Oro (Phillipines), Kochi (India) and Tema (Ghana).
Theodore Tug’s visit is generously underwritten by Portsmouth-based SimIS Inc., which provides world-class solutions in Modeling and Simulation, Software Systems and Information Security. As Portsmouth’s prime recipient of the “Small Business of the Year” in 2012, SimIS Inc. is proud to sponsor “Theodore Tugboat” and hopes the Hampton Roads community will see and learn about his harbor home, story, and impact on children all over the world.
While at Nauticus, make sure to check out Our Mighty Seaport, a new exhibit exploring the wonders of our port – and featuring tugboats! For more information, call (757) 664-1000. To learn more about Theodore Tugboat, visit https://www.facebook.com/TheodoreTugboat