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Via Fox News:
Because of recent low water levels in the Delaware River, it looked as though Monday’s planned re-enactment of George Washington’s famous crossing from Pennsylvania to New Jersey was going to be canceled.
But as of early Monday the event still had the green light – thanks to some boats made by Philadelphia schoolkids.
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Philadelphia Waterborne, a nonprofit that teaches boat-building skills to middle- and high-school students, is lending the event’s organizers six handmade, 12-foot rowboats.
The boats only draw about six inches of water, meaning they can get across the river under current conditions.
The river’s water level needs to be at least 9 feet above sea level to use the usual Durham boats, and recent water levels have been around 8.3 feet. Organizers had said a “pretty significant amount” of precipitation would be needed to raise the river’s water levels in time for the event.
The crossing — which was the trek that turned the tide of the Revolutionary War — is the highlight of the annual event that draws thousands of people to the banks of the river in Washington Crossing, Pa., and Titusville, N.J. It also features Washington rallying the troops and other historical speeches and processions
Boats ferried 2,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 18 cannons across the river during the original crossing. Washington’s troops marched eight miles downriver before battling Hessian mercenaries in the streets of Trenton.