64 years after being sent to the bottom, the cargo ship Storaa has made history.

Storaa is the first ever sunken merchant ship to be designated as an official war grave. The Ministry of Defence has agreed to grant full military protection to the wreck of the 1,967-ton cargo ship Storaa, which lies 7.75 miles south of Hastings in 37m of water.

Storaa, carrying a cargo of tanks and steel, was part of an escorted Channel convoy when it was torpedoed and sunk by German S-boats in November 1943 with the loss of 21 lives. The landmark ruling by the Court of Appeal said that as the ship was armed for self-defence, and was being escorted, it was deemed to be on military duties when it was sunk.