Merry Dun of Dover

A large mythical ship, which knocked down Calais steeple in passing through the Straits of Dover, and the pennant, at the same time, swept a flock of sheep off Dover cliffs into the sea. The masts were so lofty that a boy who ascended them would grow grey before he could reach deck again.

(Scandinavian mythology.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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