S.S. INCHULVA Wreck-Delray Beach,FL
Posted by: BONSAIRAD
N 26° 27.267 W 080° 03.549
17R E 593795 N 2926355
Quick Description: Steel hulled ship went down off here in 1903.Popular dive site.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 3/24/2009 5:19:08 PM
Waymark Code: WM6365
The S.S, INCHULVA got caught in a hurricane on Sept. 11,1903 and went down about 150 yards from shore.They had come from Galveston Texas enroute to Newport News Virginia.The cargo was wheat,cotton,and lumber.Nine perished of the crew of 28 men.
More info below about visiting the site
Required Delray Wreck - The S.S. Inchulva sank at this site during a storm in 1903 in 20 feet of water. Little remains of the wreck except for the boiler and a debris field over 300 feet long. And what remains is mostly covered with sand. Still the wreckage is a great marine life attractor and it's not unusual to see large Tarpon at the site. Since winter storms tend to uncover the wreck, Spring is the best time to dive this site.
To find the wreck swim approximately 560 feet on a 110 degree heading off of the North light pole at the boat ramp entrance on A1A.
Caution: Diving is not permitted from the Delray City beach to the North of the boat ramp. And, the sailboat concession to the South of the boat ramp doesn't want you getting in the way of their operations. This means that your rightful entrance and exit at this site is limited to the area of the boat ramp path to the ocean.
20 minutes Directions: Take I95 to Linton Blvd. (Exit #41). Go East to A1A. Then go North to Casuarina Road at the South end of the Delray Public Beach. Park on the East side of the street or in Anchor Park across the street.
Date of Shipwreck: September 11,1903
Type of Boat: Steamboat
Military or Civilian: comercial
Cause of Shipwreck: Hurricane
from shore or boat
Diving Permitted: yes
Only log the site if you have visited it personally.
Floating over a site does not qualify as a find if it is a wreck that requires diving - you must have actually visited the site - therefore photos of the site are good.