Scientists: Timber at possible Griffin shipwreck site has been in Lake Michigan for centuries

  • Article by: JOHN FLESHER , Associated Press
  • Updated: June 18, 2013 - 6:15 PM

FAIRPORT, Mich. — A wooden beam embedded at the bottom of northern Lake Michigan appears to have been there for centuries, underwater archaeologists announced Tuesday, a crucial finding as crews dig toward what they hope is the carcass of a French ship that disappeared while exploring the Great Lakes in the 17th century.

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furguson11Jun. 18, 13 4:57 PM

"Expedition leaders still weren't ready to declare they had found a shipwreck or the long-lost Griffin. The ship, commanded by the French explorer La Salle, was never seen again after setting sail in September 1679 from an island near the entrance of Green Bay, in what is now northern Wisconsin, with a crew of a six and a cargo of furs." LaSalle wasn't on the ship when it went down. He died in a mutiny while searching the Gulf for the mouth of the Mississippi (I think he had written down the latitude but not the longitude on a previous expedition). Father Hennepin was also part of the expedition that constructed the Griffin. He was to explore the source of the Mississippi but was captured by a Souix war party and taken to Lake Mille Lacs. Crosses from the King of France to convert natives were found in Kathio and in the wreck of La Salle’s ship found in the Gulf. The exploration was underwritten by King of France. I kind of chuckle because it’s another example of a spectacular failure of a government project but we have stuff named after La Salle and Hennepin everywhere.

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getcrazyJun. 18, 13 9:56 PM

@furguson11 - Most great things start with a collective of people. An example of this would be the the forming of the United States of America which was the forming a government and rejection of a different one that was oppressing. Even the exploration that led the masses here was a government funded program. Space exploration is and was a government funded program and the push in the space race and exploration after that has brought us many, many inventions some of which are the greatest technological leaps so far for humanity. The words "I kind of chuckle because it’s another example of a spectacular failure of a government project" are a spectacular ripoff to so many discoveries it's nearly inconceivable that one could utter those words. Here are a few of these failed government funded programs. These are programs you probably use everyday. 1. Federal Highway System. (without this in order to get from one piece of property to another you would have to cross private land. I know what I would charge you for this service on my land.) 2. Louis and Clark. (failed government endeavor? I think not. Blankets for Native Americans that were tainted with polio? Definitely a failure but not exploration of the west.) 3. Federal Deposit Insurance. (Got money in the bank?) 4.Consumer Product Safety Commission (Any kids with toys that have lead in them? Thank your government for that.) 5.The United States Military (Without the United States Military German would be your primary language right now. Another wasted government program right?) 6.Land Grab in the west? Government program. 7.National Weather Service. (Those tornado sirens that save lives every year? Government program.) FDA? Government program. (Had any tainted meat lately? How do you feel about corporations putting drugs on the market without testing them? The FDA makes sure they do test them. You probably don't need or use or benefit from any of these programs though.

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jimmyolsonJun. 18, 1311:41 PM

How can a story like this be reported without telling us how deep the vessel was found? Come on. How deep was this mast found?

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joe_mnJun. 19, 13 9:52 AM

Crew of 6? Was this a 30-40 ft boat? Smaller? It probably capsized. Maybe it just leaked a lot.

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