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Possible piece of missing ship scanned

26 August 2013, 17:05

Gaylord - Hospital technicians have scanned a wooden beam that could be part of the Griffin, a ship commanded by the French explorer La Salle that's been missing for more than three centuries.

A team of divers removed the timber from northern Lake Michigan in June after discovering it wasn't attached to buried wreckage. They hope the CT scan of the beam will help pinpoint its age, which could be a significant clue in determining whether it came from the long-lost vessel.

The Griffin disappeared in 1679 with a crew of six.

The scan was done on Saturday at Otsego Memorial Hospital in Gaylord. Images will be sent to a Cornell University tree expert.

Expedition leader Steve Libert said he'll keep searching for the Griffin while awaiting the results.

- AP


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