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Le Griffon

Le Griffon (, The Griffin) was a 17th century sailing ship built by René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle in his quest to find the Northwest Passage to China and Japan.

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Le Griffon - Shipwreck
... Father Hennepin wrote that Le Griffon was lost in a violent storm ... no conclusive evidence about any of the theories about Le Griffon's loss ... Le Griffon is reported to be the "Holy Grail" of Great Lakes shipwreck hunters ...
René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur De La Salle - Family - Le Griffon and Fort Wayne
... Le Griffon, a seven-cannon, 45-ton barque, was constructed on the upper Niagara River at or near Cayuga Creek and launched on August 7, 1679 ... La Salle sailed in Le Griffon up Lake Erie to Lake Huron, then up Huron to Michilimackinac and on to present-day Green Bay, Wisconsin ... Le Griffon left to return with a load of furs to Niagara but was never seen again ...