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2014 marks the 62nd modern-day Crossing reenactment
Weight of a Durham boat – 4,600 pounds empty
Length and weight of one sweep oar – 23.5 feet long and about 90 pounds
Average number of reenactors who take part in the Crossing each year – 200
St. John “Sinjin” Terrell portrayed George Washington in the Crossing reenactment 25 times, from 1953-1977
Grace Kelly’s brother and famed Olympic rower John B. Kelly Jr. portrayed George Washington from 1978-1984
The first full-size Durham boat replica constructed for the reenactment was built in 1965. It was the first time in 100 years that a Durham boat had been seen on the river.
The Bicentennial Crossing in 1976 attracted an estimated 20,000-26,000 spectators. A bomb scare on one of the Durham boats was called in that year and it was the first time a woman – Ann Hawkes Hutton – participated in the Crossing.
In 1979 one of the Durham boats was stolen, taken for a ride and left at the Yardley river access point.
Ice was so thick on the river in 1980 that reenactors had to march across the bridge rather than cross the river in boats for the first time since the reenactment’s beginning. The actual river Crossing has been cancelled a number of times since then due to various weather conditions including ice, strong currents, rising waters and drought conditions.
There have been other “Crossings” of the river including:
Source for some facts: No Spot In This Far Land is More Immortalized: A History of Pennsylvania’s Washington Crossing Historic Park by Peter Osborne
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