It sometimes happens that the best wrecking outfits are found where they are least expected. On June 17 last, the steamer CITY OF GLASGOW, a large wooden vessel owned by Hutchinson & Co. of Cleveland, and laden with a cargo of grain from Chicago, stranded in Georgian bay, near Midland, Ont. Within the past few years the grain movement to Georgian bay ports, both from Duluth and Chicago, has shown a very large increase but it must he admitted that owners of vessels on this side have entertained some fears of this trade on account of the shallow waters of the bay and a lack of knowledge on their part regarding available assistance in case of accident This fear has, however, been set aside by the experience of the CITY OF GLASGOW. She was really badly stranded near Midland, Ont., but with the assistance of Playfair's Barge & Tug Line of that place, James Playfair manager, some 33,000 bushels of her grain was hurriedly lightered and she was released within four days. It would seem that James Playfair is himself a very large part of the town of Midland and his diversified interests in raft towing, in the manufacture of lumber and in other lines enable him to offer unusually efficient service in cases of accident like that which befell the CITY OF GLASGOW. The illustration printed herewith shows a lighter, the tug MAGNOLIA and a force of men at work on the GLASGOW, relieving her of part of here cargo so as to float her without great injury. It will be seen at a glance that the tug is suited to almost any kind of heavy work, but she is only one of three of similar type that are owned by the Playfair interest. The other two are named MINATAGA and METAMORA. Referring to the release of the GLASGOW Mr. Walton McGean of Hutchinson & Co. says:
"I was certainly surprised to find up there in the woods such an outfit as that owned by Mr. Playfair. There are no better tugs to be found on the whole chain of lakes, and he has them at his command always for wrecking purposes, as he can readily call them any time from their log towing work. There is also a fine outfit of pumps, jacks and hawsers, and two good drivers ready at call. The lighters are only fair, but equipment in this regard is to be improved at once. It would. of course, be impossible to keep up such an outfit or such an organization but for the fact that Mr. Playfair is engaged in lumbering and in saw-mill pursuits. But best of all is the reasonable charge for labor. which did not exceed 25 or 30 cents an hour per man on our work, and there was no loafing.. They were all kept at work while the job lasted."
The Marine Review
July 13, 1899