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Wooden Beam May Hold Clue To Ship That Went Missing Over 300 Years Ago

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Lake Michigan (istockphoto)

Lake Michigan (istockphoto)

GAYLORD, Mich. (WWJ/AP) – A Michigan Mystery may soon be solved.

Hospital technicians have taken X-rays of a wooden beam that could be part of the Griffin, a ship commanded by the French explorer La Salle. The vessel has 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 slab will help pinpoint its age, which could be a significant clue in determining whether it came from the long-lost ship.

The Griffin disappeared in 1679.
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