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Beam that could be part of shipwreck gets CT scan

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In this October 2012 file image from video provided by David J. Ruck are timbers protruding from the bottom of Lake Michigan that were discovered by Steve Libert, head of Great Lakes Exploration Group, in 2001.

GAYLORD, Mich. — Hospital technicians have taken X-rays of a wooden beam that could be part of the Griffin, a ship commanded by the French explorer La Salle that's been missing for more than three centuries.

A team of divers removed the timber from northern Lake Michigan in June after discovering it wasn't attached to buried wreckage. They hope the CT scan of the beam will help pinpoint its age, which could be a significant clue in determining whether it came from the long-lost vessel.

The Griffin disappeared in 1679 with a six-member crew.

The scan was done Saturday at Otsego Memorial Hospital in Gaylord. Images will be sent to a Cornell University tree expert.

Expedition leader Steve Libert says he'll keep searching for the Griffin while awaiting the results.

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