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The little tugboat that could stay

The Bourne has been on the Potomac for years.
The Bourne has been on the Potomac for years. (John Kelly/The Washington Post)

"The river wouldn't be pristine if it wasn't for people like us who help keep it that way," Johnson said. He's thinking of moving the Bourne to Norfolk for the winter.

Next week: Another maritime mystery.

Helping Children's

Every week in this space Answer Man answers questions. Today he gets to ask one: Will you help sick children?

For more than 50 years, it has been a Washington Post holiday tradition to encourage readers to donate to Children's Hospital, one of the country's leading pediatric medical centers. All of the money that's raised goes into the hospital's uncompensated care fund, used only to pay the bills that insurance doesn't cover. Our goal this year is to raise $400,000 by Jan. 7.

You can make a tax-deductible donation by sending a check or money order (payable to "Children's Hospital") to Washington Post Campaign, P.O. Box 17390, Baltimore, Md., 21297-1390.

To donate online using a credit card, go to www.washingtonpost.com/childrenshospital. You can make a credit card donation by phone by calling 301-565-8501.

Have a question about the Washington area? Write answerman@washpost.com.


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