Remote US village abuzz over possible discovery of French 17th century shipwreck By John Flesher, The Associated Press

Map locates the search for a 17th century, French ship

Map locates the search for a 17th century, French ship Source: ESRI

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FAIRPORT, Mich. – French and U.S. experts searched Monday for a 17th century ship which they believe sank in Lake Michigan in 1679.Three French underwater archaeologists were planning to dive at a site near Poverty Island, where expedition leader Steve Libert believes the Griffin sank. He discovered a wooden beam jutting from the lake bottom in 2001.
Commercial fisherman Larry Barbeau’s boat is the offshore nerve centre for the expedition seeking the Griffin, the first ship of European design to traverse the upper Great Lakes. It was built on orders of legendary French explorer Rene Robert Cavelier de la Salle.
French and U.S. experts insisted it was too early to say whether the site was a shipwreck. But anticipation was building at the prospect of solving a puzzle more than three centuries old. Archaeologists Rob Reedy and Misty Jackson sit on the Viking and sift through material that was found in the sediment, watching for artifacts — “anything man-made” that would help identify a ship, Reedy said,”Thus far, the only candidate has been a slab of blackened wood about 15 inches (38 centimetres) long with characteristics suggesting it might have been fashioned by human hands. Its origin remains unknown.”[caption width=”503″

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