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Researchers claim enough evidence to look for shipwreck near NE Wisconsin

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Lake Michigan
Lake Michigan

DETROIT (WTAQ) - Researchers say have enough evidence to partially excavate the site of a Lake Michigan shipwreck that’s apparently close to northeast Wisconsin.

The Center for Maritime and Underwater Resource Management wants to find out if the Griffin is buried there. It’s a ship that was loaded with furs before it sank in 1679.

According to the Detroit Free Press, sonar scans and profiles of the lake bottom have shown that a vessel might be at the site in question.

The site has not been disclosed – but reports say it’s between Escanaba Michigan and the St. Martin Islands near Wisconsin.

Steve Libert found the site in 2001 while he was diving. Ken Vrana of the Maritime Center says the place warrants an excavation.

The state of Michigan will need to approve a permit – and France must give its approval, because the Griffin was a French boat.

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