FAIRPORT, Mich. - Dredging is taking longer than expected and new equipment has been brought in to the site in Lake Michigan to help investigate the shipwreck which could be Le Griffon.
More than 300 years ago, French explorer Robert La Salle's ship, Le Griffon, disappeared after leaving Washington Island.
For the past four days, a group in Fairport, Michigan has been trying to confirm the shipwreck it found in 2001 is Le Griffon.
The number one objective right now is to keep dredging to see if a piece of timber, jutting out of the lake bed is attached to a ship.
The general consensus among the American and French archaeologists here is that it is the bowsprit of a ship.
That needs to be confirmed, but even then, they still need to find French artifacts to ensure it is Le Griffon.
So far commercial divers have dredged an 8 foot hole, making that piece of timber at least 18 feet long.
New dredging equipment was needed because crews only expected to go a few feet into the lake bed.
"The deeper we go, the percentage grows that it's connected to something else because it just wouldn't stay like that for all these years were it not," said Dave Miller, underwater archeologist.
Now while the extra dredging might have some growing impatient, there was a reminder for crews Monday morning about the reason they are here. And that of course is to preserve history.
Members of the La Salle: Expedition Two held a surprise re-enactment.
This was a reunion for the actors. Many of them took part in an 8 month reenactment in 1976 and 77 when they traveled in canoes from Montreal, Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.
Monday, the group acted as if it were out looking for Le Griffon, just like La Salle did when the ship disappeared more than 300 years ago.
"Wonder if La Salle is up there somewhere, if he's not looking down being very happy that we haven't forgotten him," said Reid Lewis, Robert La Salle actor.
Now, the French archaeologists that are here were back in the water Monday afternoon. They took the day off Sunday to allow more time for dredging.
We were out on the water with them and we'll be discussing their findings in just a little bit.
FOX 11's Ben Krumholz will have that update for you on FOX 11 News at Nine.
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