SM U-118 was a 267-foot mine-laying submarine, one of the 329 U-boats which served in the Imperial German Navy in World War I.
Commissioned in May 1918, U-118 sank two British ships in its short career before the war ended. At the end of the conflict, the entire navy was surrendered, and U-118 was handed over to the French.
On April 15, 1919, as U-118 was being towed through the English Channel on its way to be scrapped, a storm caused the tow cable to snap, setting the U-boat adrift.
The vessel ran aground on a beach at Hastings, England, right in front of the…