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Delray Wreck or the S.S. Inchulva sank in front of Delray Beach during a hurricane back in 1903.
|Name Dive Site:||Delray Wreck or S.S. Inchulva|
|Depth: ||3-22ft (1-7m)|
|Inserted/Added by: ||lars, © Author: Lars Hemel|
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One of the few exceptional good beach dives along the Gold Coast of Florida can be found about 150 yards off the south end of Delray's Public Beach. The S.S. Inchulva, later renamed the Delray Wreck because of its location, sank in front of the beach on September 11, 1903 by a strong hurricane. That day nine crew members died. This steel hulled freighter was a 386 foot long British steamship which was transporting wheat, lumber and cotton from Texas to Virginia. She is spread out across an area of three hundred feet where not much other than rubble and a boiler remains.
To find it you should start your dive by swimming from the boat ramp entrance on A1A. All you have to look for are some dark shadows on top of the normally white sand. A dive flag is advised because of the heavy overhead traffic from boats. Today they have a mooring buoy in place and boats should be more aware of divers but caution is necessary. Coralisation is divers and healthy mostly due to the age of this wreck. Spring is often the best time to visit the wreckage as a continuously strong easterly blow will uncover the sand and make it reappear.
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