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From The Great War 1914-1918

Dennis: A seafarers' old nickname for a pig on board ship. In particular "Dennis" was the name given to the big white pig of the German cruiser SMS Dresden, which, on that vessel being sunk off Juan Fernandez (Robinson Crusoe's) Island by HMS Kent and HMS Glasgow in 1915, was picked up while swimming away. He was given the name Dennis at first, but was later re-named "Tirpitz." Tirpitz the pig was sold in England on behalf of Service Charities, and realized a large sum. Later, Tirpitz was made pork chops of. His huge head, mounted on a board, was an exhibit at the Imperial War Museum.[1]

See also Tirpitz.

References / notes

  1. Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.75.

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