Willamette Steam Navigation Company

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Willamette Steam Navigation Company
Fate sold to People's Transportation Company
Successors People's Transportation Company
Founded 1865
Defunct 1867
Headquarters Portland, Oregon

The Willamette Steam Navigation Company (W.S.N.) was an American company incorporated in October 1865 to challenge the monopoly on Willamette River inland steam navigation that the People's Transportation Company was attempting to establish.

Officers of W.S.N. were D. W. Burnside, president, Portland co-founder Asa L. Lovejoy (1808-1882), vice-president, and J. T. Apperson, secretary. Apperson also served as captain on one of their boats. The steamers Active and Alert were constructed, and they controlled the Echo and one or two others. Alert was put on the Portland to Oregon City run, and Active and Echo worked above Willamette Falls from Canemah (now Oregon City) to Corvallis.

Like previous challengers to the monopoly, the Willamette Steam Navigation Company soon sold out to the People's Transportation Company in March 1866.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ Wright, E.W., ed., Lewis & Dryden Marine History of the Pacific Northwest, at 135, Lewis and Dryden Printing Co., Portland, OR 1895
  2. ^ Affleck, Edward L, A Century of Paddlewheelers in the Pacific Northwest, the Yukon, and Alaska, at 44, Alexander Nicholls Press, Vancouver B.C., 2000 ISBN 0-920034-08-X
  3. ^ Corning, Howard McKinley, Willamette Landings -- Ghost Towns of the River, at 122, Oregon Historical Society, Portland, Oregon (2d Ed. 1973) ISBN 0875950426