Established in 1929, the California Maritime Academy is one the unique academies in the county. Located in Vallejo, California, this co-educational instituion is the 22nd campus of the California State University System and is the first academy to admit women into a licensed maritime program.
The California Nautical School was established by the California state Assembly Bill no. 253 signed by Governor C. C. Young, and a board was appointed to manage and govern the school.
The board of governors leased the Navy Fuel Depot, at California City, and the California Nautical School was officially opened on this site, in 1931.
The T.S California State, nicknamed as Iron Mother, was the first training vessel of the school.
The California Nautical School evolved with time, and in 1939, the school was renamed the California Maritime Academy.
From 1940, the school started awarding bachelor's degree in science, and became an institution of higher learning. As the threat of the war grew, the school was shifted to San Francisco, in 1940, and a year later it was moved to the Ferry Building.
Also in 1940, the Maritime Commission took over the control of the training ship and renamed it the T.S Golden State. The graduates from the academy served the various branches of armed forces and merchant marine during World War II.
In 1943, the academy and the vessel shifted from California City to Morrow Cove, at Semple Point. After the war, the vessel was retired and replaced by U.S.S. Mellena, in 1946. The vessel was commissioned as the training ship T.S. Golden Bear. The latest vessel, the U.S.S. Maury, designated for training duty in 1996, has been renamed T.S. Golden Bear (IV).
In mid 1970s, the academy became a four-year college and offered degrees in Nautical Industrial Technology and Marine Engineering Technology.
Today, it offers bachelor’s degrees in business administration, facilities engineering technology, global studies and maritime affairs, marine engineering technology, marine transportation, and mechanical engineering. Continuing education programs also are offered.
The California Maritime Library is one of the few maritime research libraries in the world. It holds more than 35,000 books, more than 270 magazine and journal titles, and more than 12,000 online magazine and journal titles.
Other facilities provided by the academy include a full-service bookstore, a 500-seat auditorium, a meeting room, and on- and off-campus housing.
California Maritime Academy is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology.