Traverse City Record-Eagle


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Explorer Steve Libert on a fishing boat as dive teams prepare to inspect a site in northern Lake Michigan. Libert, who has searched 30 years for the French explorer La Salle's lost ship the Griffin, hauled a nearly 400-pound beam ashore in June. On Saturday, Libert's crew will take the massive piece to the radiology section of a Gaylord hospital for a CT scan hoping to determining the age of the tree that produced it and when it was cut down. Libert says if the wooden beam dates from that period of the long-lost vessel, it probably came from the Griffin.