James Eagan Layne


The liberty ship James Eagan Layne was built at Delta Shipbuilding Company and launched in December 1944. Under a journey in convoy from England to Belgium 21.March 1945 loaded with military equipment she was spotted by the German uboat U 399 under command of Oberleutnant Heinz Buhse. She was hit on starboard sideby a torpedo from U 399 but didnt sink. Heavily damaged she was taken in tow by tug boats and beached at Whitsand Bay southeast on Cornwall. Parts of the cargo was later salvaged and in the 1950s and 1960s the wreck was partly salvaged. The remains rest today on a depth of 20 meter.

Former names:
James Eagan Layne

422,8 x 57,0 x 27,9 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
7176 grt
New Orleans ( US )
New York ( US )

50° 13N, 4° 05'W - Grid BF 2296
( Source: Uboat.net )

Picture: James Eagan Layne at launch in December 1944
Courtesy of Uboat.net

Picture: Heinz Buhse
Commander on U 399
Courtesy of Uboat.net

Last updated: September 2019