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The steel hulled steamship Inchulva was built in 1892 by W. Gray & Co., Ltd in West Hartepool, England. She was originally christened the Alberta for W. Tapscott & Company. She was 386 feet long, had a 48 foot beam and was pushed by a single screw triple expansion engine. The Alberta was sold to the Hamilton, Fraser & Company in 1898 and renamed Inchulva.

On September 11, 1903, the Inchulva under command of Captain G.W. Davis ran into a fierce storm with gale force winds. The Inchulva developed steering problems, and at 5:00 PM Captain Davis ordered both anchors to be dropped. The mountainous waves pounded on the stricken vessel until she broke apart. By the next morning, eleven of her crew of 28 had found refuge in her bow section. The storm was over, but before they all got out of the ship, the Inchulva's bulkheads gave out, and she went down, taking nine to a watery grave. Captain Davis was later exonerated from all blame.

The Inchulva, which is better known as the Delray Wreck, now rests in 25 feet of water only 150 yards off Delray Beach. The wreck was heavily salvaged in the late twenties, and much of her structure was blasted with dynamite. According to Linda Reeves, there is another small piece of wreckage inshore from the Delray Wreck. This is the remains of a barge that sunk during the salvage operation. The Delray Wreck is now scattered in five sections and has become encrusted with different species of coral. She is often used as a training site for scuba instruction.

Photo: The Inchmaree is the sister ship to the Inchulva. The Inchulva is better known as the Delray wreck. Photo courtesy The Mariners Museum, Newport News, Virginia.

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By Dan and Denise Berg, 180 pages. Shipwrecks are an important complement to the natural coral reefs as a sport diving attraction in Florida. From the barley discernable ballast piles of the 1733 fleet to the almost perfectly intact modern ships sunk specifically as artificial reefs throughout the state, shipwrecks inspire an aura of mystery and fascination. Florida Shipwrecks is the most comprehensive, accurate, illustrated collection of information, photographs, sketches and stories ever written about the shipwrecks around the state of Florida. This downloadable ebook contains a wealth of enlightening information that gives the readers a nostalgic glimpse into the history and present condition of over 235 shipwrecks. Florida Shipwrecks includes over 240 illustrations comprised of 151 color photos, 83 black and white historical images, 8 dynamic u/w sketches. Divers , snorkelers, marine historians, armchair sailors or anyone with a general interest in history diving or the sea will surely find this ebook fascinating, as well as indispensable.


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