The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Northern Trans. Co.

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      Although I have nothing specific about the Northern Transportation Co. I do
know that this company was an outgrowth of the Crawford & Chamberlain line
of Ogdensburg which exsisted as early as 1852, probably earlier. They were
run in connection with the Vermont RR. Exactly when C&C became Northern
Transportation I do not know. An 1854 reference still makes mention of C&C.

      The Western Transportation Co. has exsisted in name long before 1856. I
have a reference as early as 1839. This reference below may not have had
anything to do with the latter WT Co. or it might simply have chartered all
the vessels and never owned any until 1856. I have also included an 1851
reference to the WT Co. as well as an 1856 refernce which suggests the
formation of a new company. Maybe you have better insight on this one.

      Western Transportation Co vessels include 4 new and splendid steam ships to
their former facilities on the lakes.
      Cleveland Herald
      April 2, 1839 2-6

      The staunch steam props. HENRY A. KENT, M.B. SPAULDING and SANDUSKY will
perform there trips regularly to and from Buffalo, Cleveland, Toledo,
Sandusky and Detroit, during the season of 1851. These propellers run in
connection with the Western Transportation Co, and land property brought
them to Buffalo on their docks on the Ship Canal, which is all under cover
and always clean.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      April 15, 1851

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Northern Trans. Co.