Hamilton’s Theodore TOO tug to be turned into Airbnb

A well-known tugboat modeled after the main character of a popular children’s show will be transformed into an Airbnb next month as it welcomes budding crew members to its Hamilton dock for an overnight stay.

Theodore TOO moved to Hamilton from his longtime Halifax at home last June and since then it has been used primarily to promote the maritime industry and serve as a guide to the Great Lakes.

But the smiling 65ft tug is set to be turned into an Airbnb next month, with guests able to book overnight stays for September 10 or 11 for just $22 a night.

The price is a nod to Theodore TOO’s age, according to Airbnb.

“Our crew is fortunate to spend the summer cruising the Great Lakes aboard the friendliest tugboat in Canada. I can’t wait for Theodore TOO fans to have a chance to be part of his adventures!” the list host, identified only as Captain Noah, said in a Press release. “As a host, I look forward to showing you around from bow to stern and taking you on your own great overnight harbor adventure.”

The interior of the Canadian tugboat Theodore TOO can be seen in this undated image. (Airbnb/Valerie Wilcox)

Theodore TOO was built in Daysprings, Nova Scotia in 2000 and was based on the popular children’s television show Theodore Tugboat.

It was moored alongside Halifax Harbor for years before moving to southern Ontario last spring, stopping at many ports for special events along the way.

According to the press release, guests of Theodore TOO will be taken for a tour of Hamilton Harbor and can then lounge on the ship’s deck for a movie night under the stars.

They will also be entitled to “a few square meals” on board.

When it’s time to sleep, those staying on Theodore TOO will have access to what Airbnb describes as a “comfortable harbor master’s cabin” with “iconic Canadiana and nods to Theodore’s roots.” in Halifax”.

Airbnb says the stays, which can accommodate up to five people, are not a contest and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, with reservations due to open Aug. 29 at 12 p.m.

Canadian tugboat, Theodore TOO, is seen in this undated image. (Airbnb/Valerie Wilcox)

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