The number of British whaleships is reducing. Demand for whale products continues but British and other European ship owners are less enthusiastic in maintaining whaling fleets. This coincides with a continuing expansion of the American whaling fleet. One British shipping source believes that decline of British whaling will continue and the pace of decline will increase. He believes that this is due to the increasing profitability of other maritime trade for British vessels. The demand for manufactured goods in the British colonies and the demand in Britain from raw materials from those colonies is producing a profitable trade that lacks the risks long associated with whaling.