TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Scientists and divers who combed the bottom of Lake Michigan last week for a 17th-century shipwreck have retrieved a wooden beam that could belong to the long-lost Le Griffon.
Expedition project manager Ken Vrana tells The Associated Press the team removed the timber Saturday but waited until Wednesday to announce it. The team was completing arrangements for its temporary storage.
He says the group will submit a proposal to the Michigan state archaeologist's office for experts to study the beam in hopes of determining its age and origin. Those would be clues that could help determine if it's the bowsprit of Le Griffon, as expedition leader Steve Libert believes.
Le Griffon was commanded by the French explorer Robert La Salle. It disappeared in 1679 after leaving Washington Island.
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