Explorers Find Lost Ship in Lake Michigan

Sank in 17th century


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Divers have started exploring an underwater pit in northern Lake Michigan, hoping to find the final resting place the Griffin, a ship helmed by the 17th century French Explorer La Salle. The search began in 2001, when expedition leader Steve Libert discovered a timber slab that appeared to be human-fashioned.

Libert has spent the last three decades searching for the ship, and hopes to confirm the findings by Sunday, using sonar readings. “Soon we will find out whether our assumption is correct or not,” Vrana announced aboard the Proud Maid, a 45-foot commercial fishing boat. “We’ve got to get those test pits dug and hit (the) structure, because anything else is pure speculation.”

The Griffin was built near Niagara falls in 1679 and was commissioned to help find a passage to China and Japan. It was the first European-style vessel to traverse the upper Great Lakes. Though the cause of its disappearance is unknown, Libert believe it sank due to a strong storm.

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