Wilmington Whaling Company was organized on November 23, 1833. In 1835 the company purchased the whaleship Ceres in New Bedford, and she became the pioneer of the fleet. Ceres sailed in April, 1835 and was absent two and a half years. Her second voyage began in December 1837, and lasted forty months, with profitable results. Ceres made another unprofitable voyage afterwards. By this time, whaling industry was in decline; the company sold its property in 1846 and went out of existence. Bernard Bradley was a teacher of mathematics at Riley’s College. He made the voyage on Ceres which is documented in this journal for his health.
Journal of Bernard Bradley kept during his voyage aboard the Ceres in 1841-1843. Bradley describes life on board, stops in ports for provisioning, and the taking of whales. Later passages appear to be in another hand, possibly that of William Eakins. Some pages at the end of the volume were used as a writing exercise book.
- Bradley, Bernard
- Eakins, William
- Whaling ships
- Ceres (Bark)
- Wilmington Whaling Company
- Ships’ logs
- LCP: William B. Thompson, Journal of “Ceres” Voyage, 1842 (1 vol.)