Divers say they've found 'holy grail' of shipwrecks

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Lost Shipwreck Discovered 300 Years Later

Two divers believe they accidentally stumbled upon a shipwreck that's been lost in the Great Lakes for more than 300 years.

Le Griffon, also known as the Griffin, vanished in 1679 on its way to the Niagara River from Green Bay, Wisconsin and it stayed hidden in Lake Michigan until just two years ago.

Kevin Dykstra and Frederick Monroe told WZZM they accidentally photographed the infamous French ship while on a diving expedition and decided to investigate.

"It really wasn't until we got back to a computer and viewed the photos that I realized I very well could have been photographing the Griffin... So as I turned around and I was literally four feet from this shipwreck and I never saw it on my way down, so my return trip was quite fast."

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The two immediately started researching the ship and compared their photos with others online.

"I overlaid on top of the photo - I took of the Griffin carving on the front of the ship - and it was really impressive. So it's either a 100-to-1 odds that the front of the ship looks exactly like a griffin."

It's estimated that there are thousands of remains of ships deep in the Great Lakes, many of which have never been found.

Earlier this year, though, one ship was taken off that list. The Nelson went down in Lake Superior in 1899. 115 years later, it was found during a sonar search in an area believed to hold hundreds of shipwrecks.

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