FAIRPORT, Mich. - Crews say the work being done to uncover a shipwreck in Lake Michigan is taking longer than expected.
Monday was the fourth day American and French archaeologists tried to find out whether the remains found near Fairport, Mich., is Le Griffon, a 17th century ship owned by French explorer Robert La Salle.
Crews dredged a hole at the base of a piece of timber jutting 10 feet out of the bed of Lake Michigan.
Archaeologists believe it could be the bowsprit of a ship.
"As you see, it'll come down into the ship. It's going to be at some point, fixed into the hull," said underwater archaeologist Dave Miller. "It makes sense to this point. We'll find out as we go deeper."
After dredging eight feet, new equipment had to be brought in to go deeper.
"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 Miller.
As a reminder of the history at stake, a surprise reenactment greeted crews during a break in the action.
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 eight-month-long 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.
French archaeologist Michel L'Hour said, "It's so funny and very emotional, in fact."
"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 who played Robert La Salle for the group.
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