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Great Lakes team leaving from Ohio to Michigan.
From left to right: Vance Skowronski, Jim Kucharsky, Tom Kucharsky, Steve Libert

Steve Libert President of Great Lakes Exploration

"He is, if nothing else, a masterful and dogged researcher." – Stephen Dinan, The Washington Times

Rick Robol, Great Lakes Exploration Group's Legal Counsel
Mr. Kenneth J. Vrana, President of CMURM

The La Salle-Griffon Project Team

Currently, the Great Lakes Exploration Group, the Republic of France and the State of Michigan have an interest in the wreck site. In recognition of their shared interest, the three parties announced a cooperative agreement in July, 2010 - Press Release. The agreement, which represents a unique partnership between a foreign sovereign nation, a state of the U.S. and a private exploration group, allows assessment to proceed of what may be the final resting place of the historic Griffon.

The Center of Maritime & Underwater Resource Management (CMURM), which specializes in historic shipwrecks, will cooperate with Great lakes in conducting an archeological site assessment of the location. CMURM Director and Archeologist Kenneth J. Vrana is providing guidance in developing plans for the assessment phase. He and his CMURM team will analyze, interpret, and issue reports and recommendations on the assessment phase. Mr. Vrana is also actively facilitating cooperation between the Great Lakes Exploration Group and the University of Michigan.

Great Lakes Exploration Group
Steve Libert – Biography
President of Great Lakes Exploration Group, llc.

105 Park Avenue #9
Charlevoix, MI 49720
Phone: 231-547-0005

Great Lakes Team:
Tom Kucharsky Partner
Carl Carlson, Partner
Jim Kucharsky, Partner
Vance Skowronski, Partner
Mike Behrens, Partner

Rick Robol – Resume
Legal Counsel

433 West Sixth Avenue
Columbus, OH  43201
Phone: 614-737-3739
Toll Free: 877-580-6859
Fax: 614-737-3756

Center for Maritime & Underwater Resource Management

Mr. Kenneth J. Vrana – Biography
President, CMURM

Center for Maritime & Underwater Resource Management (CMURM)
P.O. Box 158
Laingsburg, MI  48848
Phone: 989-834-0007
Fax: 989-834-0112

Le Griffon
Mythical beast, half lion, half bird. In ancient times they were symbols of guardianship, protection and retribution of justice.
1782 map produced by Johann Michael Probst.

Diving Associates:
James Nowka
Pat Ranguette
Randy McKay
Charles Henriksen