Lake Michigan shipwreck exploration to take place next week

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CHARLEVOIX, Mich. – Steve Libert has long awaited finding sunken treasure at the bottom of the Great Lakes.

After searching for 30 years, Libert and his team of archaeologists and scientists are congregating on the shores of Lake Michigan, hoping to find out if a shipwreck they’ve stumbled upon is the famous French vessel, Le Griffon. Le Griffon is believed to have sank in 1679.

“The next step is to go down and see what we have, and that means getting in there, uncovering it,” Libert said.

Libert plans to take France’s top underwater archaeologists to the site next week. Examining the construction of the ship will confirm whether or not the shipwreck is French made.

If the ship is identified as Le Griffon, work to preserve the site will begin. Libert is hoping that if it is the French ship, he can manage to get a…

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