Archeologists doubt validity of Le Griffon shipwreck find

Jan 15, 2015

State of Michigan Archeologist Dean Anderson (right), with Current State host Mark Bashore.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

There are thousands of shipwrecks on the bottom of the five Great Lakes, but one ship in particular has always captured the attention of history buffs. And no, it’s not the Edmund Fitzgerald. It’s Le Griffon, a boat known as the “holy grail” of Great Lakes shipwrecks.

Last month, two Muskegon area men were the latest in a long string of divers to claim they found the ship’s final resting place in northern Lake Michigan. But experts aren’t convinced it’s the real thing.

Current State speaks with Dean Anderson, Michigan’s state archaeologist, and underwater archaeologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Wayne Lusardi at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.