OTD: Robert de La Salle’s ship Le Griffon lost at sea

On today’s date in 1679, famed French explorer Rene-Robert Cavelier (also known as Robert de La Salle) left his ship Le Griffon, which wouldn’t be seen again for more than 300 years, before traveling via canoe along the western shore of Lake Michigan (near present-day Green Bay, Wisc.) towards Niagara.

In 1966, Canada Post issued a five-cent blue-green stamp (Scott #446) to commemorate the 300th anniversary of Le Salle’s arrival in Canada. Designed by Brigdens Limited, a Toronto graphic arts firm, the stamp has been steel line intaglio engraved by the Canadian Bank Note Company in tones of green. The stamp measures 37 mm x 25 mm (vertical) and had a print run of 25,160,000.

In 2014, two divers announced the discovery of Le Griffon, which they claimed to have found in 2011, although this has yet to be substantiated.

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