The SS James Eagan Layne was a Liberty Ship built by the Delta Shipbuilding Corporation, in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1944. The ship was on a mission carrying equipment for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as part of the convoy BTC-103, sailing from Barry, Wales to Ghent, Belgium when it was spotted and torpedoed, suffering heavy damage which rendered it unable to continue its trip. It was taken in tow and beached in Whitsand Bay Cornwall where it eventually sunk and it was declared a total loss, with no human casualties. Salvage operations were conducted and a small part of the equipment on board was recovered. The ship is still there to this day and remains a popular dive site.