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LaSalle-Griffon - First European Vessel to Sail the Upper Great Lakes
Excerpted from the website:
- The Griffon (Griffin in English) was the first European vessel to sail the Upper Great Lakes – and the first of upwards of 8000 shipwrecks in those waters as well. Built by the legendary French explorer, Rene-Robert Cavalier, Sieur de La Salle, the Griffon was intended to carry out lucrative fur-trading commerce which would support La Salle’s expedition in search of the mouth of the Mississippi.
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