FAIRPORT, Mich. - It appears a three centuries old mystery on the Great Lakes, will stay that way. The week long search for the Griffon is winding down.
The ship belonged to French explorer Robert La Salle.
He was last seen leaving Washington Island, and experts believe the wreckage may be off the coast of Fairport, Michigan.
However, it appears the Griffon will be eluding Steve Libert for a little longer.
"I did hope this week would be it. Unfortunately there was some problems with the science. Now we've had to regroup and think what else could we do," said Libert, of the Great Lakes Exploration Group.
After starting his search for the Griffon in 1981, Libert found this piece of wood sticking out of the bed of Lake Michigan in 2001.
After a decade of legal battles, French archaeologists determined the wooden beam is the bowsprit of a centuries old ship. However, they haven't found evidence to officially say it's part of the Griffon.
"Now the research will continue to know where exactly the site associated with this bowsprit could be," said French Archaeologist Olivia Hulot.
A week of dredging found no other parts of a ship. Much of the time was spent digging a 20 foot hole where this piece of timber was stuck.
"Dropping down into our hole where we've been working. As I said, as you can see, I'm only a few feet in and we're already down to black water," said commercial diver Branden Danielson of the exploration.
Now the question is how to preserve the possible bowsprit: either rebury it or bring it out of the water to be kept in a controlled environment.
"One problem is that it's very long. It's 19 feet long and quite fragile. It's water logged. It's been soaking up water for over 300 years if it is off the Griffon," added archaeologist Rob Reedy.
Right now the crew is protecting the possible bowsprit. A decision on its future could come next week.
"The piece that we do know we have, there's no question in my mind that it's extremely old and if it is 300 years old, there's only one vessel that it can be and that's the Griffon," said Libert.
The Great Lakes Exploration Group member said he'll just need to keep looking for more evidence to support his belief.
As for further work at the possible shipwreck site, a crew member says it appears weather will keep crews on land for the remainder of the project.
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