Traverse City Record-Eagle


June 24, 2014

Explorer says Griffin shipwreck may be found

TRAVERSE CITY — An explorer who has spent decades seeking a 17th century shipwreck in Lake Michigan said his team has located a debris field that may be the long-lost Griffin.

Steve Libert told The Associated Press his exploration group found the apparent wreckage this month.

He said it includes wooden planks and implements such as nails and pegs that would have fastened the hull to the rest of the vessel.

Libert said they saw no “smoking gun” such as artifacts with markings identifying them as from the Griffin. But he says he believes his search is over.

He said his team and French experts will seek permits to excavate in the area in September.

The French explorer La Salle ordered the Griffin built. It disappeared on its maiden voyage in 1679.



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