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Subject: Excerpt Of History
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2004 13:24:58 EDT
Green Bay Harbour, Wisconsin
"The phantom ship GRIFFIN lurks in the fog off this pleasant lakeside
community. The ship belonged to Robert Cavalier de La Salle, the famous French
explorer. At the time it was the largest vessel to sail the Great Lakes, and the
Indians believed the 60 foot long ship was an affront to the Great Spirit.
Metiomek, an Iroquois prophet, placed a curse on the GRIFFON. On Aug 7, 1679, La
Salle docked the ship on Washington Island in Green Bay harbour and embarked
on a canoe trip down the St. Joseph River to search for a water link to the
Mississippi River. His ship returned to Niagara on Sept. 18 and was never
seen again, except as a ghostly outline in the fog. Legend says the GRIFFON
sailed through a crack in the ice, fulfilling the Indian curse."