Wooden beam likely not connected to shipwreck

Associated Press

FAIRPORT, Mich. (AP) — Archaeologists say a wooden beam found embedded in the floor of Lake Michigan doesn't appear to have been attached to what they believe could be a sunken ship that disappeared in the 17th Century.

The more than 10-foot-long section of the beam was initially found by explorer Steve Libert. It led to an expedition that began last week to determine whether it's part of the Griffin, a ship commanded by the French explorer La Salle that disappeared in 1679.

Crews have been digging beside the timber for signs of the Griffin in mud below. Expedition leaders say the beam worked loose Tuesday, so a diver eased it to the lake floor.

A French archaeologist says it still appears the beam came from a ship.

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