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    Taking the kids on a few days of history trekking. First stop may be of interest to some here: Washingtons Crossing, Pennsylvania.

    This is the spot from which George Washington launched boats carrying his army and headed downstream to engage the Hessian troops encamped there ( and sleeping off holiday revelry, as the story goes)

    Here it is from the New Jersey side of the river.



    And here it is from the Pennsylvania side.



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    Here is the Boathouse, contains examples of the type of craft supposedly used. These are very deep, heavily- built and about 23 feet long.









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    Here are some details. There was no docent or park rangers to be found, so I cannot really share much until I do some homework.










    Off to Philadelphia tomorrow.


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    Sounds like a fun trip.

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    Thanks, Kevin. Makes me miss the east coast, again. And, in the nonstop noise of today, I would find a trip like this to be especially grounding.

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    Very cool! Thanks for posting!
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    thanks Kevin. the one boat on a trailer is pulled out every year for an reenactment of the crossing( iirc, Christmas morning). harder to ferret out are the sites, where the entrenched troops occupied Trenton. I too miss Bucks/Mercer counties.
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    If I had a dollar for every girl who found me unattractive, eventually they would find me attractive.

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    Thanks for posting. Interesting to see the types of boats used. However, I didn't realize that Washington had galvanized boat trailers!
    I was born on a wooden boat that I built myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Jones View Post
    Thanks for posting. Interesting to see the types of boats used. However, I didn't realize that Washington had galvanized boat trailers!


    He probably got them from Ben Franklin!

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    Thanks for that.

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    Here is the Liberty Bell. To stay on point with the Forum, I discovered that the wood is Elm. This astute crowd will no doubt notice that the hanger bolts are of a different alloy, age or both.







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    More Liberty Bell









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    Good pics, cute kids. Thanks for sharing.

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    You can Google it all you want. You will not find it. Not there. Not anywhere.

    Only I know what the last thing Washington said to his troops before crossing the Delaware.

    I reveal it to the world now...
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    "Get in the boats, men."

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    Sweet pictures, Kevin. At the risk of highjacking the thread, your picture of the Delaware confirms my suspicion of the bogus apologetics for the black lawn jockeys that are found on the lawns of troglodyte "white folks." I recently stopped at one in my state to tell the owner how offensive his jockey was and he politely but with some indignation told me that it represented George Washinton's black slave who stood on the shore of the Delaware with a lantern, showing him the way to retreat, if he was forced to, after attacking Trenton. As you can see from Kevin's photo, you can practically spit across the river, making that explanation laughable. Not to mention that there is no evidence of this military stratagem in the extensive historical record. It has also been claimed that these figurines were used as part of the underground railroad, showing escaped slaves the way to the north. That dog doesn't hunt either.

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    (I have no idea if this is correct or not. Just within the past week or so it was told to me that those boats were built by either Morton Johnson, Hubert Johnson or Johnson Brothers boat works in Bayhead N.J. ... I don't remember with he said.)

    It looks like a great time!

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