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Dive planned to determine if shipwreck is legendary Griffin

February 8, 2015

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A state official says divers will explore an apparent shipwreck in Lake Michigan discovered by two treasure hunters who say it may be the long-lost Griffin, which disappeared more than three centuries ago.

Kevin Dykstra and Frederick Monroe found a vessel hull on the lake bottom in 2011 while searching for gold bullion that some believe was lost in the lake during the Civil War.

They met last week with state officials in Lansing.

State maritime archaeologist Wayne Lusardi tells television station WZZM (http://on.wzzm.com/1zUr3zQ ) he doesn’t think the men found the wreckage of the Griffin, which was commanded by the French explorer La Salle. It was last seen in 1679 near present-day Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Monroe says even if it’s not the Griffin, it’s still a historic find.

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