Possible Griffin shipwreck artifact to get CT scanBreaking News
tags: shipwrecks, AP, Great Lakes, Lake Michigan, La Salle
TRAVERSE CITY — The hunt for the Griffin, a ship commanded by legendary French explorer La Salle, has taken an unlikely detour from northern Lake Michigan to a small-town hospital, where modern technology may help determine whether a wooden slab is wreckage from the 17th-Century vessel.
A team led by explorer Steve Libert, who has searched 30 years for the mysterious ship, hauled the roughly 400-pound beam ashore in June. He discovered a 10.5-foot section of it protruding from the lake bed in 2001 during a dive near uninhabited Poverty Island, and received permits this summer to dig beneath it. But his crew discovered the beam wasn’t attached to anything.
Disappointed but undaunted, Libert said his next goal is determining the age of the tree that produced the timber and when it was cut down. He said the beam could be the bowsprit — a spur or pole that extends from a vessel’s stem — of the Griffin, which disappeared with its six-member crew and a cargo of furs in 1679....
comments powered by Disqus
- Lawrence Otis Graham, 59, Dies; Explored Race and Class in Black America
- How Negro History Week Became Black History Month and Why It Matters Now
- A Harvard Professor Called Wartime Sex Slaves ‘Prostitutes.’ One Pushed Back
- African-American Sacrifice in the Killing Fields of France
- The Future of the Middle Class Depends on Student Loan Forgiveness
- A Chapter In U.S. History Often Ignored: The Flight Of Runaway Slaves To Mexico
- For Many, an Afro isn’t Just a Hairstyle
- With Free Medical Clinics and Patient Advocacy, the Black Panthers Created a Legacy in Community Health That Still Exists Amid COVID-19
- With a Touch of Wisdom: Human Rights, Memory, and Forgetting
- New Exhibit Reckons With Glendale's Racist Past as ‘Sundown Town'