2 months ago
This was a really cool experience. We rented park boards from Del Ray beach rental and used them to park out to the wreck. We saw some fish and a few rays. The wreck is scattered along the coast and there are multiple parts of the boat to see. It’s not too far off the shore but swimming it off use at least a set of flippers.
- Maggie K
4 years ago
Dove here as a kid.(at 11 1/2 years old, I was the youngest PADI certified diver in the country). I have not been back in decades, however I remember it as if it were yesterday. It's a magnificent wreck, full of fish and sea life. There was a huge Tarpon that seemed to claim the place as home.
- Blake S
3 years ago
Awesome 😎
- Tom L

Snorkel the wreck of the SS Inchulva

   Known as the Delray Wreck, the Inchulva rests about 150 yards off the south end of Delray's Public Beach in about 20 feet of water. Grounded in shallow water the ship sank September 11, 1903 in an unnamed hurricane. The 38 crew members did not know land was just a 100 yards away. 9 sailors died that day and were buried in the dunes. 

  The Delray Wreck is a 386-foot steel-hulled steamship schooner. There are three pieces to the wreck visible today each about 200 feet from each other about 150 yards east from the boat ramp. The Delray Wreck is great for snorkeling or beginner scuba divers.  You can rent kayaks, paddle boards and mask and snorkels from Delray Beach Water Sports. If you want they can even give you a tour of the wreck call 561 272 SURF. 

     The Original Song "Ghost of the Inchulva" can be heard at the Sandowy Discovery Center just across the street. https://sandoway.org  The words are below and tell the tale of the doom ship. Written composed and preformed by Tom Leeman.

The Ghosts of the Inchulva

It was the sixth of September nineteen hundred and three
Began the voyage of the of the doomed ship Inchulva
From Texas, to Virginia, to Hamburg Germany
Was the scheduled rout to be followed

Four hundred feet of heavy steel haul
A steamship schooner majestic
Wide at the beam, mast pitched up tall
She was strong and had braved the atlantic

Captain Davis was a veteran from Liverpool
With many crossings he had been seasoned
Thirty eight men had signed on to be crew
Fortune and adventure their reason

In a drunken binge 10 Sailors had jumped ship
Absent without leave warrants issued
An ominous start for the ill fated trip
The Captain set sail short handed

The passage went well, Across the Gulf of Mexico
With flat water and clear skies before them
She cleared the Florida straights, as Davis Navigates
And turned north into a deep angry ocean

Off of Fowley Rocks, the weather kicked up
The Sky blacken, the wind started to howl
With sideways stinging rain, an unnamed hurricane
as the waves crashed over her bow

Monstrous seas brought Captain to his Knees
As the keel dragged across the sea floor
Throw the anchors out, Davis did shout
As the wheel spun free and the sails tore

With a thunderous crack, the haul split in halve
And in rush the flooding sea cold
Nine men clung, one by one they'd succumb
And the dark water swallowed then whole

Davis reached out, to the screams and the shouts
Doing his best to hold them
But something pulled them down, to the bottom to drowned,
As each one slipped out of his hand

Down they did go to the depths below
there was nothing to do that would save them
Watching helplessly, it was the witch of the sea
Hungry for souls, she did claim them

The light of the dawn, brought an ocean calm
The bodies washed up on the shore
The crew dug the graves for the one they couldn't save
and their buried up on the dune

The townsfolk say in the dead of night
you can hear their spirits call you
Come join us in a water grave 

The ghost of the SS Inchulva

    By Tom Leeman

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