Poverty Island

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Poverty Island
Poverty Island is located in Michigan
Poverty Island
Poverty Island (Michigan)
Location Lake Michigan
Coordinates 45°31′39″N 86°39′52″W / 45.52750°N 86.66444°W / 45.52750; -86.66444Coordinates: 45°31′39″N 86°39′52″W / 45.52750°N 86.66444°W / 45.52750; -86.66444
State Michigan
County Delta County
Township Fairbanks Township
Population Uninhabited

Poverty Island is a small island in the U.S. state of Michigan. The island is within Delta County in Lake Michigan and is home to the Poverty Island Light Station, an abandoned lighthouse which is in disrepair. Poverty Island is currently owned by the federal government.[1][2]

Le Griffon[edit]

On June 16, 2013, U.S. and French archeologists began examining an underwater object first discovered in 2001 near Poverty Island that could be the wreck of Le Griffon although it will take time to determine if it is even a shipwreck. Le Griffon was the first full-sized European style sailing ship on the upper Great Lakes that was built and commanded by the French explorer René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle in 1679. The ship disappeared with all six crew members and its cargo of furs on its return trip of her maiden voyage that same year. The location and reason of her sinking has remained a mystery ever since.[3]

Other islands in the chain are (from north to south)[edit]

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