• Draft: 10′
  • Beam: 22′
  • Rig Height: 98′
  • Freeboard: 6′
  • Sail Area: 4900 square feet
  • Tons: 203
  • Hull: wood

Organization: Los Angeles Maritime Institute


American Pride was launched in 1941 as a two-masted “Schooner-Dragger.” In 1942, she entered the service as a minesweeper based in Key West. After being decommissioned, American Pride sailed the waters of Georges Bank and the Grand Banks as a fishing trawler. American Pride operated as a charter boat out of Maine for 10 years before she sailed to her new home in Long Beach, CA.

In 2018 Children’s Maritime Institute, a division of Los Angeles Maritime Institute, took ownership of American Pride and performed a stem to stern restoration. American Pride sails with K-12 students providing hands-on exploration of the ocean world. Learners set sail and explore the LA watershed and history of California’s coast during these 3-4 hours long sails. Day and Overnight camps are offered in the summer.


  • USCG Certification: Passenger Vessel (Subchapter T)
  • Who Sails: Youth, Adults, Scouts, Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, Other: private and corporate charters
  • Program Type: Sail Training, Passenger Daysails, Private Charters, Maritime History, Marine Science, Summer Camp, Other: team building; sailing adventures, corporate charters
  • Normal Cruising Waters – Summer: Southern California and offshore islands
  • Normal Cruising Waters – Winter: Southern California and offshore islands
  • Sailing Season: Year-round
  • Year Launched: 1941
  • Number of Crew: 6
  • Name of Contact: Captain Bruce Heyman
  • Phone: 310-833-6055
  • Website: https://www.lamitopsail.org/