The Fate of the Griffon

MacLean, Harrison John

ISBN/ISSN: 0887600699
Category: Underwater Archaeology
Keywords: Griffon, Robert Cavalier, Sieur de LaSalle
Comments: Illustrated
Size: 5.75″ x 8.75″
Pages: 118
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by Griffon House, Toronto, Canada (1974), in hardback with a dust jacket. The first US edition was published by Sage Press/Swallow Books, Chicago (1974), in hardback with a dust jacket.
Description: This book tells the story of Robert Cavalier, Sieur de LaSalle’s ship, the “Griffon”, which was the first ship to sail beyond Niagara Falls. The ship disappeared without a trace in 1673 en route from Lake Michigan back to Niagara Falls. The author researched the disappearance and believes he’s now located the wreck near Tobermory, Canada.

From Sail to Steam – Four Centuries of Texas Maritime History, 1500-1900

Francaviglia, Richard V.

ISBN/ISSN: 0292725035
Library of Congress: 97-9578
Category: Underwater Archaeology
Keywords: 1554 Fleet, Belle, Sieur de LaSalle
Comments: Illustrated; maps
Size: 6.25″ x 9.25″
Pages: 352
Editions: The first edition (stated) was published by the University of Texas Press, Austin, Texas (1998), in hardback with a dust jacket.
Description: The first chapters of this scholarly book detail the Spanish fleet that wrecked off Padre Island, Texas, in 1554 and the sinking of LaSalle’s flagship, “Belle”. Modern excavation efforts are briefly reviewed, and some of the artifacts recovered are discussed.

The Sea Hunters II

Cussler, Clive and Craig Dirgo

ISBN/ISSN: 0399149252
Library of Congress: 2002075401
Category: Underwater Archaeology
Keywords: L’Aimable, Sieur de LaSalle
Comments: Same book as “The Sea Hunters 2” (#C-2532); illustrated
Size: 6.25″ x 9.5″
Pages: 446
Editions: The first edition (stated) was published by James Cahill Publishing Co., Aliso Viejo, California (2002), under the title, “The Sea Hunters 2”, in hardback with a slipcover case (no dust jacket issued). The first edition was numbered, signed, and limited to 600 copies. The more common edition of this book was published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York City (2002), in hardback with a dust jacket. A paperback edition was published by the Berkley Publishing Group (2003).
Description: This book, a sequel to the author’s first non-fiction book, describes the search for a multitude of sunken ships and aircraft, most of which sank during the Civil War or in the 1900s. However, it does include one chapter about his search for LaSalle’s ship, “L’Aimable”, which he may have located off Matagorda Island, Texas. It will require excavation to confirm the finding.

From a Watery Grave – The Discovery and Excavation of La Salle’s Shipwreck, La Belle

Bruseth, James E. and Toni S. Turner

ISBN/ISSN: 1585443476
Library of Congress: 2004012105
Category: Underwater Archaeology
Keywords: LaBelle, Sieur de LaSalle
Comments: Includes a bibliography; illustrated
Size: 8.75” x 10.75”
Pages: 159
Editions: The first edition (stated) was published by Texas A&M University Press, College Station, Texas (2005), in hardback.
This well-done book recounts LaSalle’s journey to Texas to establish a new colony in 1686, the wreck of his ship “LaBelle” off the Texas coast, the discovery of the ship in 1995, and the  excavation of the wreck during the past 10 years.  Many of the artifacts recovered are pictured.

Beneath the Seven Seas – Adventures with the Institute of Nautical Archaeology

Bass, George F.

ISBN/ISSN: 0500051364
Category: Underwater Archaeology
Keywords: Belle, Sieur de LaSalle, Port Royal
Comments: Includes a bibliography; illustrated
Size: 8.75” x 11”
Pages: 256
Editions: The first edition (First Published in the United Kingdom – stated) was published by Thames & Hudson Ltd., London, in hardback with a dust jacket.
This well-illustrated coffee table book is divided into 7 sections: The Oldest Wrecks, Ancient Greek Wrecks, Roman and Byzantine Wrecks, Medieval and Renaissance Wrecks,  Seventeenth Century Wrecks (including LaSalle’s “Belle” and Port Royal, Jamaica),  Eighteenth Century Wrecks and Wrecks of Modern Times.  Within each section, a number of excavations are described and many artifacts are illustrated.