The pod rammed the boat's rudder for about 45 minutes. Authorities were able to get crew members to land safely, but their yacht was irreparably damaged.
When the Seafarers Yacht Club of Annapolis was founded in 1959, discrimination at fuel docks around the famous port was common. Today, the club is thriving and giving back to the community.
German authorities impounded the 15,917-ton yacht after confirming that sanctioned Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov had transferred ownership to his sister, who is also under Western sanctions.
Detaining the yacht, named Phi, is "a clear and stark warning to Putin and his cronies," Britain's transport secretary said. Officials said the yacht's ownership is "deliberately well hidden."
France says it seized a yacht belonging to Igor Sechin, an oil executive and close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, after the U.S. and European Union sanctioned a slew of Russian oligarchs.
After early reports that Rotterdam would briefly take apart a historic bridge for the yacht's passage, thousands of people joined a Facebook event called "Throwing eggs at superyacht Jeff Bezos."