In the course of this ten-part Titanic Photometric Series, we have explored the entire length of the Titanic from bow to stern giving you selected highlights of this beautiful shipwreck. To access these new photographs, as well as other Titanic photographs, scientific research paper and accompanying PowerPoint presentation go to our corporate website at http://nauticalresearch.com and within the text of this home page select the link entitled Educational Services. This will bring you to our educational page where all this valuable information can be viewed and downloaded for personal use only. Many thanks for taking this exciting adventure with Nautical Research Group and making this web log the most viewed shipwreck informational blog on the Internet.
Last month, we ran a series of weblogs on legendary French explorer Rene-Robert Cavalier, Sieur de LaSalle's flagship Griffon, the first European vessel to sail the upper Great Lakes. 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. Steve Libert has spent 28 years researching and studying the history of the Griffon and has publicly announce that he may have found the "Holy Grail" of the Great Lakes. Since 2001, Libert has worked to involve academic experts and government officials in taking steps to preserve this potentially unique find. With this goal in mind, Great Lakes Exploration was formed with the vision of finding and protecting this rare piece of North American history. Since that discovery Libert has worked steadily with the Field Museum, Chicago, IL, in conducting preliminary studies of the wreck in situ. Subsequently, Great Lakes Exploration Group filed an admiralty arrest in the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan in the summer of 2004. Great Lakes hopes for and is working toward a truly cooperative public/private venture that will protect the scientific and historical value of the shipwreck. It is Great Lakes Exploration Group's contention that since the explorer was doing the work of the French government in discovering the new world that it is bound by claiming the ship as France's property. There is plenty of precedence that would totally validate this claim which will cite the State of Texas dealing with France on another LaSalle ship named LaBelle. The State of Michigan claims it was a vessel privately owned by LaSalle himself therefore a private vessel. Because it sank and now rests within Michigan's nautical territory they claim it under the Abandoned Shipwreck Act of 1986. Steve and his group are working diligently with trying to obtain permits from Michigan to conduct an archaeological excavation. The State of Michigan will not offer the permits unless Steve can positively prove its the "Griffon". Since Steve cannot prove its the "Griffon" without the permits to excavate; this is creating a bureaucratic Catch-22. Steve and Great Lakes can produce Carbon-14 tests and archaeological tests on what they believe to be the bow sprit. After almost a year of failed negotiations with the State of Michigan, Great Lakes proceeded with legal action. Additionally, the U S Navy, the Smithsonian and Canada are involved with the findings from this shipwreck.
In order to engage the public on this potentially historic discovery, Great Lakes Exploration Group has created a LaSalle - Griffon Project website that will chronicle their ongoing exploration expedition. This website was unveiled yesterday and I can honestly say that this site is one of the best shipwreck sites that I have ever seen. Great Lakes designed this web site to reach out to experts, academia, other explorers, and the public at large to further their mission of education. We have provided a permanent link on our blog for continuous following of the latest news and developments from this historic shipwreck expedition.