Le Griffon, was a 17th Century barque built by René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle in his journey to find the Northwest Passage to China and Japan. Seven cannons strong and 45 tonnes, Le Griffon was launched on the Niagara River and set out on her maiden voyage on August 7 1979 with a crew of 32, sailing through Lake Erie, Lake Huron and Lake Michigan and was the first ship to sail in the Upper Great Lakes. The ship landed at a location on an island in Lake Michigan where the local tribes people gathered with pelts to trade with the French. Le Griffon disembarked on September 18 toward Niagara and was lost with all it’s crew and cargo. Le Griffon was thought to be lost until it was discovered by two treasure hunting divers in December 2014

 

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