The mighty Griffon was the first tall ship to sail up the St. Clair river and the great lakes. It also soon became the first shipwreck. Its resting place still remains a mystery heavily debated today.
It was built by Rene-Robert Sieur de La Salle who was one of the first French explorers of the Great Lakes Region. The ship set sail out of what is known today as Washington Harbor and was never seen again. Rumours have flourished about its disappearance. There are tales of anything from native captors to crew mutinies to violent storms that took the Griffon to its unknown resting place. Some wrecks uncovered over the years have been suggested to be the Griffon, but none have been proven beyond a doubt and possibly never will.