The steam wrecker, WINSLOW, of Grummond's Line, on her last wrecking expedition underwent, what might be termed a rather unique experience in that line. On or about the 12 instant, as noticed in my last communication, she went to release the Schooner STARLING, stranded in Georgian Bay, at what is known as the Geheghita Islands (sic), laden with cedar posts. On arriving at the scene of operations, she found the Tug INTERNATIONAL of Detroit, also disabled, and at once got her afloat (so the story goes) to assist in releasing the distressed vessel, but declined.
In the meanwhile the WINSLOW's wrecking apparatus was placed on board the wreck, when the INTERNATIONAL two days afterwards appeared with Canadian officials on board. Captain Swain of the WINSLOW, at a glance took in the situation, and arrived at the conclusion that it would be expedient for him to leave the locality at once. He was hailed by the Canadian official to surrender his Tug to the Queen for violating the Wrecking Laws, and in response cooly informed that official to perform his duty if within his power, and on the instant the WINSLOW backed out of the situation, leaving the steam pumps and other paraphernalia on board the wrecked vessel.
It may be stated that the WINSLOW had permission of the Canadian authorities to release the vessel, but it failed to reach Captain Swain before his departure.
Captain Titus of the STARLING, is at present in the city (Detroit) endeavoring to negotiate with Canadian wreckers to release his vessel.