FAIRPORT, Mich. - The Great Lakes Exploration Group heads out on Lake Michigan Monday for the fourth day of the search for French explorer Robert La Salle's ship, Le Griffon.
The ship disappeared after leaving Washington Island in 1679.
The experts here from France will have the final say if the group has found the long-lost Griffon.
But Sunday, the French archaeologists stayed out of the water, allowing more time for dredging.
"This is pretty much the oldest we've been on before. We've done some World War I, World War II ships and airplanes and stuff like that, but this is, that's one of the reasons it's so important to have the specialists from France and the archaeologists here," said Tommy Gouin of Great Lakes Diving & Salvage.
"Yesterday we could see we were getting into this clay that didn't have anything in it and everybody I think just kind of wanted to 'oh let's just get through it.' But no, we're going to keep raking through this stuff because that's where we are going to get our first signs," said archaeologist Misty Jackson.
"We're just going to keep going. The dive plan right now for the archaeologists and the French team is just get to the bottom of this and see what it is. Is it a mast? Is it a piece of timber? Is it something from a barn from around here? We don't know," said Gouin.
Crews are digging around a timber jutting ten feet out of the bed of Lake Michigan, which explorers believe is part of Le Griffon.
So far, they've dug at least 8 feet, making that piece of wood at least 18 feet long. On Monday, they hope to reach a surface they believe the timber is attached to.
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