Environment & Science
5:14 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Divers in Lake Michigan today hoping to solve the mystery of a 340-year-old shipwreck

A diver inspects what could be a bowsprit of the Griffin.
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In northern Lake Michigan today explorers are stepping up their effort to find a ship that sank in 1679.

French and American archeologists are on the Lake looking for a ship sailed by the French explorer Robert de La Salle, the Griffin.

So far, the top marine archeologist from France says he thinks they are close to the hull of a ship in northern Lake Michigan. Michel L’Hour says the beam of wood now exposed is likely a bowsprit.

The team excavating the site says the beam is at least 20 feet long and the construction details are typical of colonial ships.

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Arts & Culture
11:43 am
Sun June 16, 2013

Diving into the search for lost 17th-century ship in Lake Michigan

Woodcut of La Salle's griffon - lost on the great lakes. (circa 1697) Father Louis Hennipin's "Nouvelle Decouverte" (Utrecht, 1697)

ON LAKE MICHIGAN NEAR POVERTY ISLAND, Mich. (AP) - In a remote part of northern Lake Michigan, divers have started looking at an underwater pit, hoping to find the resting place of the Griffin, a ship commanded by the 17th century French explorer La Salle.

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