Divers begin Lake Michigan search for Griffin ship - WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

Divers begin Lake Michigan search for Griffin ship

By JOHN FLESHER
Associated Press

ON LAKE MICHIGAN NEAR POVERTY ISLAND, Mich. (AP) - A team of explorers has begun a close examination of a site in northern Lake Michigan that may be the resting place of the Griffin, a 17th century ship.

U.S. and French experts began opening a pit Saturday near Poverty Island, at the spot where team leader Steve Libert found a large timber wedged into the lake bottom in 2001. He believes it's part of the ship commanded by French explorer La Salle, which disappeared in 1679.

By late afternoon, technicians had removed 3 feet of sediment and found what project manager Ken Vrana described as a "cultural artifact." He declined to elaborate.

By Sunday, Libert hopes to reach what could be a large object that's appeared on sonar. The Associated Press is aboard a boat accompanying the explorers.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by WorldNow

1414 North Memorial Parkway
Huntsville, AL 35801
256-533-4848

WAFF Is a Proud Member
of the Raycom Family of Stations


FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WAFF. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.