Saturday, March 25, 2006


Wreck of the Griffon is 'Holy Grail' of Great Lakes lore

March 22, 2006

The ''Holy Grail'' of the Great Lakes may lie 100 feet underwater in the Upper Peninsula's Delta County.

But a legal fight over rights to the wreck so far has prevented anyone from confirming whether a shipwreck near Poverty Island in northern Lake Michigan is indeed the fabled Griffon.

The state of Michigan, shipwreck explorer Steve Libert, The Field Museum of Chicago - even the French government - need to reach a settlement that will allow researchers to determine if the Griffon has at last been found.

The little ship is one of the most enduring legends of the Great Lakes. Built in 1679 near Niagara, N.Y., it was the ship of French explorer Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle.

The little ship, loaded with furs, supposedly sank in a storm that same year after bringing La Salle to Green Bay.

If the timbers that Libert found in 2001 are the Griffon, the wreck would be the oldest in the Great Lakes.

And a cherished piece of Great Lakes history.

For now, put aside the legal wrangling over who owns the wreck.

Let the experts determine whether this wreck is the lost Griffon.

Worthy of a fight.

And a prominent place in Great Lakes history.


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