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The Voyage of the "Griffon" 1679

The Voyage of the Griffon 1679

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2005

The Voyage of the Griffon 1679

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted December, 2010

The Voyage of the Griffon 1679

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Plaque Location

The County of Lambton
The Village of Point Edward
In a park at the foot of Michigan Avenue
between the two bridges of the Blue Water Bridge

Coordinates: N 42 59.900 W 82 25.310


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Plaque Text

First ship to sail Lakes, Erie, Huron and Michigan, the "Griffon", probably 12-14 metres long, was built by Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, several kilometres above Niagara Falls in 1679. La Salle came to New France in 1667, became seigneur of Cataracoui (Kingston), engaged in the fur trade and sought a western route to China. In August, 1679, the "Griffon" sailed from the Niagara River with La Salle and a company of about thirty-three. In this vicinity the crew had to haul the ship up the swift current of the St. Clair River. La Salle remained in the West while the "Griffon", laden with furs, vanished enroute from Green Bay to Niagara.

Related Ontario plaques
La Salle at the Head of the Lake
René-Robert Cavelier de La Salle at Cataracoui



Fur Trade

Point Edward Plaques

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