Possible Griffin shipwreck artifact to get CT scan

GAYLORD, Mich. (AP) — Leaders of a group searching for one of the oldest Great Lakes shipwrecks hope a procedure at a northern Michigan hospital will help solve the mystery.

A crew with Great Lakes Exploration removed a nearly 20-foot-long timber from Lake Michigan in June. On Saturday, technicians will take x-rays of the wooden slab with a CT scan machine at Otsego Memorial Hospital in Gaylord.

They hope to produce images of tree rings that will help date the timber, which expedition leader Steve Libert says may be the bowsprit of the Griffin, a vessel commanded by the French explorer La Salle. It disappeared in 1679 near Green Bay.

Libert has been searching 30 years for the Griffin. He says he believes it’s in the area where the timber was found.

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