In mid-1679, out there somewhere in the waters of Lake Michigan, the first full-sized sailing ship to ever hit the waters of the Great Lakes vanished, taking with it every soul on board.
The commander of the vessel — which had a carved griffin at its bow and was named the Griffin — was a Frenchman named Robert La Salle. He had wanted to take his 40-foot vessel from Green Bay, Wis., to Niagara, N.Y., so on Sept. 18 of that year, he and a crew of six men fired a single cannon shot and set sail.
They never reached their destination and their fate has remained a mystery ever since.
That may have now changed, according to a report by The Washington Post.