The Delray Wreck | SS Inchulva Wreck Dive Site

Dive Site: Delray Wreck MAP IT!
City: Delray Beach, Florida
Type of Dive: South Florida Snorkeling Beach Dive
Depth: 14-20 Feet
Parking: Metered Parking Lot and Street
Local Beach Cam: South Beach Park
Last Updated: 8/5/2014

Diving the Delray Wreck:

Delray Wreck Sign | Delray BeachThe S.S. Inchulva rests about 500 feet off the south end of Delray Beach’s Public Beach in 20 feet of water. Better known as the Delray Wreck, the ship sank in front of the beach on September 11, 1903 by a strong hurricane. The S.S. Inchulva was grounded as it didn’t see any light and wrecked. The 38 crew did not know land was so close. Nine crewman lost their lives that day.

What’s now known as the Delray Wreck was a 386-foot steel-hulled freighter Not much remains of the Delray Wreck today. Just the boiler and some debris to the south.

Delray Wreck Map | Map of the Delray WreckNow the fun part…diving the Delray Wreck! The Delray Wreck is great for snorkeling or beginner scuba divers. Finding the wreck is easy, but takes a little planning. Enter the beach at Casuarina Road. Walk straight into the ocean. When in the water, you will see a building in the distance that looks like it has a chimney. Staying inline with this building, swim east. This will bring you right to the Delray Wreck’s boiler.
After exploring the boiler, swim south about 70 yards until you’re inline with the south edge of the Seagate Beach Club building. Now swim 5 yards west. This will bring you to the south remains of the Delray Wreck. Most of this section is covered in sand, but many trigger fish call this section of the Delray Wreck home.

Driving Directions To The Delray Wreck:

From I95 take exit 52, Atlantic Ave., east. Turn right onto A1A / South Ocean Blvd.  and drive south for about half a mile. Parallel park near Casuarina Road or at Anchor Park.

What You May See While Snorkeling The Delray Wreck:

Trigger Fish, Sergeant Majors, Stonefish, Porcupine Fish, Grunts, Porkfish, Tarpon, Juvenile French Angel Fish.

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Exploring the SS Inchulva Wreck In Delray Beach, Florida

  1. I dove my first tank of air on this wreck in 1952 at 8 yrs old. We had been snorkeling it a few years before that. I went on to get certified and finally got my P.A.D.I. dive masters rating. I commercial dove for 10.5 years. I spent many hours on this wreck and learned to enjoy the fish there. I would gather sea euchins and feed them to the fish. That stopped when a large trigger fish bit me through the thumb nail. Trust me that hurts. I was so happy to see this site. It brought back many wonderful memories. We always called it “The big wreck”…….Mike

  2. hello I’ve been planning to go snokel or snuba to that wreck, do you do trips during the week day, like wednesday? thak you !

    • Hi David,

      Sorry for the delay with getting back to you. We’re unaware of any guided tours of the Delray Wreck (very little remains of it). If you view out aerial map, it’s easy to find. very close to shore.

  3. Any recommendations for diving here at high or low tides? Thanks!

  4. Great free diving place for beginners. Somewhat hard to locate but once you do you will see a 15ft circumference boiler that is full of life. Very easy and fun dive.

  5. I first dived this wreck on my 1st open-water training dive, whilst learning to become an PADI Open-water Diver, back in early 1990.
    Duncan, my instructor at the time, spent most of the dive, or so it seemed at the time, pointing out things that I should not touch, such as Fire-coral and the like.
    I completed my training and did my first series of open-water dives as a qualified Open-water Diver at John Pennekamp Coral Reef Park later that week.
    I can remember it all just as if it was yesterday and the experience has stayed with me throughout my diving life.
    I am now a qualified BSAC Diving Instructor, passing on the joy of exploring and protecting the underwater environment of the seas of the world to the next generation of divers, but will always know and remember my first ever dive on the Delray Wreck as it was known then.

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