1679 : Griffin First European Sailing Ship To Reach Michigan

When:
August 10, 2018 all-day
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The Griffin

On August 10, 1679, the Griffin, built by Robert de La Salle and his Lieutenant Henri Tonti, became the first sailing ship to reach Michigan when it emerged from Lake Erie and entered the Detroit River. It disappeared a little over a month later somewhere in Lake Michigan.

Sources :

The Windsor Border Region: Canada’s Southernmost Frontier (A Collection of Documents), Ernest J. Lajeunesse, 1960. Tornoto: The Champlaign Society, 1960, p. XXXV. Alternate Description: The Publications of the Champlain Society, Ontario Series, vol. IV.

Detroit Historical Society Facebook Page

Also see John Flesher, “Team to excavate Griffin, Lake Michigan shipwreck”, Detroit News, June 4, 2013.

John Flesher, “Expedition hopes to find La Salle’s long lost ship”, Detroit News, June 13, 2013.

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