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Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), Wed., March 28, 1860

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Northern Transportation Co. -- We take the following complimentary notice of this popular and perfectly equipped company, from the Ogensburgh Journal:

The annual meeting of the stockholders of the Northern Transportation, for the election of officers, and transacting the usual business, was held at the office of the Company, at this place, on Wednesday, 21st ins.

The company the present season, will run two lines of steamers from Ogdensburgh Westward; a daily line to Cleveland, Toledo and Detroit, and a tri-weekly line to Chicago, Milwaukee and intermediate ports n Lake Michigan and the Straits.

The lines will consist of the following screw steamers: Akron, Bay State, Buckeye, Cleveland, Granite State, Jefferson, Michigan, Ogdensburgh, Ontario, Prairie State, Vermont, Wisconsin and Young America. All these steamers are staunch upper cabin boars, and have been built since the winter of 1851. The Buckeye took her place in the line in 1858, and the Akron in 1859. The Cleveland is now on the stocks, and takes the place of a former vessel of the same name. The accommodations of these boats are equal to those of first-class lake steamers, and by taking passengers through to any desired Western port without transshipment, affords the most desirable mode of travel for families going East or West.

The trip to Chicago is made in from six to eight days, and to intermediate ports in proportionately shorter time.

The Northern Transportation Company was formed in 1855, as the successor of Crawford & Co., who came on to this place soon after the opening of the Ogdensburgh Railroad, and started their lines of propellers in 1851. They commenced operations with the steamers Boston and Cleveland, and rapidly extended their business by the addition of new steamers in 1855, when the new Company was organized. Both Companies always made it a rule to be the first out in the Spring and the last to lay up in the Fall. For most of this time their steamers have been the first to pass the Straits of Mackinac, on the opening of navigation, and we have known two of them to reach here in the Fall, after having frozen in Detroit, in the Welland Canal, and stopped a third time by ice at the head of the St. Lawrence River.

By their enterprise and expedition in the transportation of freight and passengers, they have made the Northern route very popular, securing a large amount of business, benefiting largely by the Northern lines of of Railroads, and reaped a profit for themselves.

During the coming season they will abate none of their efforts to secure, by quick movement and prompt deliver, a large portion of commerce for the Northern route.

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Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), Wed., March 28, 1860