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Subject: Re: Excerpt Of History
Date: Wed, 18 Aug 2004 12:25:15 EDT
In a message dated 8/18/2004 11:01:56 AM Eastern Standard Time,
On Aug 7, 1679, La
Salle docked the ship on Washington Island in Green Bay harbour
Not exactly. The Griffon entered Le Detroit from Lake Erie on August 7, 1679;
passed into Lac Sainte Claire (after naming it on August 12), got safely into
Lake Huron on August 23, and went on to Michilimackinac; from there, left
for Green Bay on 12 September, and, during the ship's return trip to Niagara, it
Whether it was an Indian curse, an incompetent pilot, or just the very
volatile Great Lakes remains unknown. These mini-oceans hold many lost ships.
Subject: Excerpt Of History
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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
explorer. At the time it was the largest vessel to sail the Great Lakes, and
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,
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."