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Has a ship that disappeared in 1679 been found?

The Griffin disappeared in 1679 – but now a beam has been found that may have been part of the ship.

French underwater archaeologist Olivia Hulot jots notes while inspecting the timber. Pic: AP Photo/Chris Doyal, Great Lakes Exploration Group

SCIENTISTS SAY A wooden beam extending from the floor of northern Lake Michigan appears to have been there for centuries.

It is an important finding as they try to determine whether it’s part of the Griffin, the first European-style ship to sail on the upper Great Lakes.

Marine archaeologists from the US and France are studying the timber and digging a pit beneath it.

They said that a probing device has detected what appears to be a solid surface 18 to 20 feet below the lake floor.

They say they’re still not certain they’re dealing with a shipwreck.

But Michel L’Hour of France’s Department of Underwater Archaeological Research says the timber appears to be a bowsprit, which is a pole that extends from a vessel’s stem.

The Griffin disappeared in 1679.

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