The Industrial Heritage TrailThe first full-sized sailing ship to sail Lake Erie and the uppper Great Lakes was Le Griffon, built by French Explorer Robert de La Salle in 1679. Previous sailing ships were confined to Lake Ontario due to the natural barrier of Niagara Falls. The 70-foot Le Griffon was built on Cayuga Creek at the Niagara River, above Niagara Falls. La Salle and Father Louis Hennepin set out on Le Griffon's maiden voyage on August 7, 1679 with a crew of 32, sailing across Lake Erie, Lake Huron and Lake Michigan through unchartered waters that only canoes had previously explored. Le Griffon, the first sailing vessel on Lake Erie. In September, La Salle landed near Green Bay, Wisconsin, to meet with a group of traders that he had sent ahead the previous year. The traders had collected a large quantity of furs in anticipation of his arrival. La Salle decided to stay behind to further explore Lake Michigan, and sent Le Griffon back to Niagara to deliver the furs. Le Griffon departed on its return trip on September 18, 1679 with a crew of six, but was never heard from again, assumed lost in a violent lake storm.
|Placed By||The Industrial Heritage Committee, Inc|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Friday, July 24th, 2015 at 10:03am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17T E 675323 N 4744624|
|Decimal Degrees||42.83410000, -78.85481667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 42° 50.046', W 78° 51.289'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||42° 50' 2.76" N, 78° 51' 17.34" W|
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|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling South|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1744 Fuhrmann Boulevard, Buffalo NY 14203, US|
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