Thank you for your interest in the Liberty 70 Project and the Liberty ship S.S.James Eagan Layne.
Getting involved with Objects and Finds
- Do you have any objects recovered from the James Eagan Layne?
We are interested in recording and photographing any finds recovered from the ship to add to our knowledge about the ship and her cargo. The finds can be recorded by our volunteers or alternatively we can send you instructions on how you can record and photograph them yourself. Information about the finds will be included in the project records and may be made available online, however the location and ownership of the finds will not be published.
Finds recorded for the Liberty 70 Project can be found on the Objects and Finds page.
Getting involved with Photos and Video
- Do you have any photos or video of the James Eagan Layne?
The ship has been visited by sports divers since the early days of sports diving so there should be thousands of photographs along with miles of film and video of the site. We would like to obtain copies of photographs, film or video you have of the ship so we can use it to show how the site has decayed over the years.
Getting involved with Stories
Was the James Eagan Layne your first wreck dive, or can you tell us about great dive on this wreck?
Do you remember seeing the mast of the James Eagan Layne when it could be seen in Whitsand Bay?
Were you or someone you know involved in the events of 21st March 1945 when the ship was torpedoed then beached?
Do you know anyone involved in the salvage of the cargo of the ship? We would also like to hear any stories about the ship or the sinking.
We would like to hear about your memorable or funny stories of visits to this wreck, or tales of diving her in the early days.
Stories about the James Eagan Layne can be seen on the Stories and Notes page.
Getting involved with Research
- Can you help with researching the history of the James Eagan Layne?
Diving and fieldwork are only a very small part of this project as a large part is concerned with researching the history of this famous ship. Research work is being undertaken in archives and libraries by our volunteers with the assistance of the project team. Some of the research work includes:
Research in archives will provide more information about the ship, her crew, her movements and the events of her loss in 1945.
Get in touch
To find out how you can help please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Liberty 70 Project is partnered with the US National WWII Museum in New Orleans