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  • Great Lakes Exploration Group

    by Representative Dan Benishek

    Posted on 2013-02-04

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    BENISHEK of michigan in the house of representatives Monday, February 4, 2013 Mr. BENISHEK. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the Great Lakes Exploration Group on the occasion of the work they do to discover and preserve the maritime history of the State of Michigan and the Great Lakes. The group has not only worked to identify and save historic artifacts, but do so in a way that preserves the cultural heritage of the Great Lakes.

    In particular, I wish to commend the Great Lakes Exploration Group on discovering the possible location of Le Griffon, a ship that went missing in 1697. If Le Griffon is found, not only will a centuries-long mystery be solved, but, more importantly, the Great Lakes Group will add to the historical treasure trove of our Nation's earliest days of settlement.

    Through community-based, non-invasive underwater archaeology and research that leaves the bottomlands intact, the Great Lakes Exploration Group was formed to be a worldwide leader in identifying, protecting, and preserving rare pieces of North American history found in Michigan's waters.

    I wish the Great Lakes Exploration Group all the best in locating and preserving the wreck of Le Griffon and learning what secrets it may hold.


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