Why is “Dover Sole” so called? (Part 2)
I posted an answer to this question back in January
But here is another, more poetic, explanation taken from an article written by Richard Thwaites in the May 2006 edition of Sea Breezes…
## Regarding the Grosser Kurfurst
On May 31st 1878, the German iron-clad battleships Grosser Kurfurst, Konig Wilhelm and Preussen were in convoy off Folkestone, Kent en route to Turkish waters.The Grosser Kurfurst had to take evasive action to avoid a collision with a sailing barque which led to her being rammed so violently by the Konig Wilhelm that she sank in just six minutes with the resulting loss of over 280 officers and crew.
For many months afterwards, the bodies of the drowned German sailors were washed up on the beaches between Deal and Dungeness. Because of this incident people stopped buying the fish known as ‘Folkestone Sole’. The fishermen soon moved the name of the fish slightly up the cost and called it ‘Dover Sole’, and sales picked up and continued as before.
The Grosser Kurfurst now lies in 100 feet of water and is twisted almost in two.