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Timber examined in search for centuries old ship in Lake Michigan


FAIRPORT, MI (WREX) — Scientists are examining a wooden beam found on the flood of Lake Michigan to determine whether or not it was part of the first European-style ship to sail the upper Great Lakes.

The Griffin disappeared in 1679, but marine archaeologists from the U.S. and France are examining an area of the lake near Fairport, Michigan that may be the site of its wreck. They say the beam found on the floor of the lake is centuries old.

Crews are digging a pit beneath the pole and say a probing device has found what appears to be a solid surface about 18 to 20 feet below the lake's floor. However, they are still unsure of whether or not they're dealing with a shipwreck.

Michel L'Hour with France's Department of Underwater Archaeological Research said the beam looks like a bowsprit, a pole that extends from a ship's stem.

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