The Delray Wreck

The Delray Wreck (HMS15)

Location: Delray Beach, FL 33483 Palm Beach County
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N 26° 27.267', W 80° 3.549'

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The old shipwreck know as the Delray Wreck rests at the bottom of the ocean in 25 feet of water about 150 yards offshore the south end of Delray's municipal beach. The wreck is broken and scattered into five sections and has long been one of the most popular diving spots in South Florida.

The S.S. INCHULVA was grounded and wrecked by a fierce hurricane on September 11, 1903. Under the command of Captain G.W. Davis, the 386 foot steel hulled British steamship was bound for Newport News, Virginia from Galveston, Texas carrying wheat, cotton, lumber and a crew of 28 men.

The storm struck about 5 p.m., tossing the ship and causing the cargo to shift. Steering became impossible, so Captain Davis put out both anchors, but to no avail. The anchors parted and the INCHULVA grounded and was ripped apart. Nine crew members were lost.

Dawn revealed to the battered crew that land and a town were just a short distance away. By noon, all the men except Captain Davis and two mates had landed on shore in a small hastily-built raft. They found hot food and coffee at the Chapman House, a local hotel, where many of Delray's residents had taken shelter during the storm.

The nine seamen who lost their lives were buried on the ridge overlooking the ocean where the ship had gone down. The surviving crew members were treated, paid and sent to New York.

Before leaving for their homes, each crew member signed the guest register of the Chapman House. Under their names they wrote, "Shipwrecked in the S.S. INCHULVA, September 11, 1903, landed on a raft September 12th and received every kindness and attention at the hands of Mrs. Chapman."

Captain Davis, his Chief Officer, a 2nd Officer and a seaman from the ship were brought before the Naval Court held at the British Vice Consulate at Jacksonville on September 19th. The Court exonerated the Captain and the crew from all blame.

HM NumberHMS15
Marker NumberF-327
Year Placed1980
Placed ByHistoric Palm Beach County Preservation Board in cooperation with the Florida Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 11:57am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 593795 N 2926355
Decimal Degrees26.45445000, -80.05915000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 26° 27.267', W 80° 3.549'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds26° 27' 16.02" N, 80° 3' 32.94" W
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Area Code(s)954, 561
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 340 S Ocean Blvd, Delray Beach FL 33483, US
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