Lake bottom provides intriguing clues on long- missing ship

It’s been a season of discovery in the Great Lakes this year, after the Henry Smith was found in Lake Superior just 535 feet from the shores of Marquette.

And now, we are closely watching the drama unfold in Lake Michigan as the legendary Griffin – a 17th century ship – may, or may not, have been found.

It’s been five months since divers searching a remote section of Lake Michigan found a 20-foot-long timber wedged vertically into the lake floor. They believed it to be part of the Griffin, which disappeared in 1679 with its six-member crew.

It is the oldest known ship wreck in the Upper Great Lakes.

Making headlines now are the theories surrounding what this timber could be. It is undergoing more testing, after those theories were narrowed down to two: It’s either the Griffin, or it’s a late 19th or early 20th century “pound net stake,” a type of underwater fishing apparatus.

Maritime history of the Great Lakes is long and riddled with stories of men that waved goodbye to their families for the last time as their ships sailed away from the shore.

It’s fascinating to us to see this little piece of history unfold.

We’re excited to see the results of the testing and to know if we can stop looking for the site of the deaths of the six men aboard the Griffin, or whether we need to keep looking.