Rowboat donation means Washington Crossing event will happen

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(AP) - George Washington and his troops will be making their annual Christmas Day trip across the Delaware River between Pennsylvania and New Jersey, thanks to a nonprofit organization.

Organizers had feared the crossing would have to be canceled because low water levels in the river would have made it impossible for re-enactors to navigate their wooden Durham boats. And no major storms were expected to bring any needed precipitation in time.

But Philadelphia Waterborne, a nonprofit that teaches boat-building skills to middle- and high-school students, is lending the organizers six handmade, 12-foot rowboats. These boats only draw about six inches of water, meaning they can get across the river under current conditions.

The crossing is the highlight of the annual event that draws thousands of people to the river

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