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.