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This week in history: British steamer sinks off the coast of Delray Beach

On Sept. 11, 1903, before hurricanes were named and tracked by forecasters, a powerful storm made landfall near Fort Lauderdale as the 386-foot Inchulva was steaming off the coast of Delray Beach, then a settlement of about 150 people. Nine crew members drowned when the ship ran aground 200 yards offshore. The ship broke into five distinct pieces that make up a popular snorkeling and dive site 25 feet below the surface off the south end of the municipal beach. Because of constantly shifting sand, different parts are exposed at different times. A map showing the location of the pieces of the wreck is here.


The Delray Beach Historical Society commemorated the 100th year anniversary of the Inchulva wreck in 2003, with an exhibit of photographs, paperwork, and pieces of the wreckage. Items from the exhibit are shown here: a photo of the ship’s engineer, William Smith, and a section of the ship that had been used to lower life boats into the water. (2003 Palm Beach Post staff file photo)


The Delray Wreck historical marker

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Posted in Flashback blog September 5, 2011 at 6:00 am.

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  1. The Delray Beach Historical Society created the 2003 exhibit “100 Years of Memories – SS Inchulva.” Linda Reeves (author of books about the Inchulva) and I went to England to visit the grandson of the ship’s first engineer, William Smith pictured above, and to finish our research. The images are of items from the Delray Beach Historical Society Archives.

    Dottie Patterson, DBHS archivist


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