Wooden beam taken during Le Griffon dive to be CT scanned
A large wooden beam brought up from the floor of Lake Michigan during the search for the French vessel Le Griffon will be run through a CT scan this week.
During the explorative dive in June, archaeologists found the wooden beam embedded in the floor of Lake Michigan. It was not attached to the wreck, but the dive team believes it could be a detached piece of wreckage from the ship.
The Great Lakes Exploration Group is hoping the scan at Otsego Memorial Hospital will give them more evidence to prove that they have found the site of the French ship which was lost in 1679.
The scan is scheduled for Saturday August 24 at 1 p.m.
In 2001, the Great Lakes Exploration Group found what it believes to be the Griffon's wreckage underwater in northern Lake Michigan. Permits were approved to dive the site in early June.
The state of Michigan and the French government have been fighting over the ownership for the last decade. The state claims federal law gives Michigan ownership of vessels embedded in the Great Lakes bottomlands if they are abandoned. French officials disagreed and filed a claim in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids.
Le Griffon was commanded by the French explorer La Salle and disappeared in 1679.