Explorer won't budge on shipwreck mystery
- On 27/07/2008
- In Treasure Hunting / Recoveries
By Jim Avila, Beth Tribolet and Emily Yacus
The gray waters of Upper Lake Michigan are deep, cold and treacherous.
And lately, they've been contentious.
A three-way court battle is brewing among an explorer who says he's found a 329-year-old shipwreck, the state of Michigan and the U.S. government.
Just as precarious as the weather that supposedly sank the Griffon in 1679, the legal battle seems to portend a perfect storm.
"This whole area has a lot of wrecks," said Capt. Carl Carlson.
"That's why they call it death's door.
There's been lives taken in the water everywhere."
The Griffon shipwreck is a legend where Wisconsin meets Michigan.
It's a 300-year-old mystery that Carlson and his diving partner, Steve Libert, are determined to solve.