Saturday, July 26, 2008

Shipwreck Blog: Griffon

The ship sailed by French explorer Robert LaSalle has possibly been found, but the finder is involved in lawsuits with the governments of the US and state of Michigan over ownership, so the finder won't reveal the ship's location.

It's the huge downside shipwreck salvage, especially when treasure is involved. That's not an issue here, but Mel Fisher fought the state of Florida for years for he right to salvage the Atocha, and the Spanish government is even now involved in a lawsuit over a wreck found off the coast of UK.

Seems to me that if these various governments wanted to profit off their old ships, then they should salvage them themselves, rather than live parasitically off the work of private individuals.

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