SS James Eagan Layne

Length: 130 metres, Depth: 24 metres

The SS James Eagan Layne was a World War II American Liberty ship built in New Orleans in 1944. At 130 metres and 10,414 tonnes, she was transporting 4,500 tonnes of US Army Engineers equipment to Belgium, when on 21st March 1945 she was torpedoed by U-1195. She sank about a mile from shore in Whitsand Bay with no casualties among the crew of 69.

Lying in between 20 to 24 metres of water, the holds are open and allow easy and relative safe penetration. The wreck is home to tompot blennies, conger eels and dogfish as well as varied shoaling fish. The bow reaches within 6 metres of the surface making it an ideal spot to start and end your dive.

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