- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - A French underwater archaeologist says the discovery of what may be shipwreck debris in northern Lake Michigan is “encouraging,” but he isn’t ready to confirm that a long-sought 17th century vessel has been found.

Michel L’Hour (Luh-HUR) of the French Ministry of Culture joined an expedition last year in search of the Griffin, which was commanded by the explorer La Salle. A wooden slab that expedition leader Steve Libert believes is the ship’s bowsprit was recovered.

Libert now says a debris field has been found in the same area. He believes it’s the Griffin.

L’Hour tells The Associated Press some of the wooden items observed on the lake bottom could be part of a wreck. But he says artifacts such as ceramic shards are needed to provide a precise date.

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