Ship named Boaty McBoatFace

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Boaty McBoatface has become the overwhelming choice in a public vote to name a UK polar research ship.

The Royal Research Ship (RRS),  is due to become operational in 2019, at a cost of $NZ4 million.

It will study ice sheets, ocean currents and marine life as part of the Cambridge-based British Antarctic Survey.

When it launched the competition,  Natural Environment Research Council (Nerc) said it was looking for “something inspirational” that would exemplify the ship’s work.  However, Boaty McBoatface won the competition!

The name was suggested by a BBC presenter James Hand.  It went viral, crashing the Nerc website.

Boaty McBoatface was the runaway winner with 124,109 votes. The second most popular choice, Poppy-Mai, had 34,371.

Nerc said that according to its competition rules it would have the final say on any name.

The result of the poll has sparked a mixed reaction on social media.

One person commented: “If this boat isn’t named Boaty McBoatface, then democracy has failed”.

Meanwhile, another wrote on Facebook: “Not a name that will inspire confidence in its ability to provide credible research”.

The top five

RRS Boaty McBoatface – 124,109
RRS Poppy-Mai – 34,371
RRS Henry Worsley – 15,231
RRS It’s Bloody Cold Here – 10,679
RRS David Attenborough – 10,284

 

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lol
lol
5 years ago

lol

Jacob
Jacob
5 years ago

Yes I think that it will not coast to much for the name not like the flag that coast a lots.

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5 years ago

HAHAHA

smartypants
smartypants
5 years ago

Go Boaty McBoatface!

hunterthehlmet gaming
hunterthehlmet gaming
5 years ago

Go Boaty Mcboatface

math lover
math lover
5 years ago

Boaty Mcoatface thats funny.

Em
Em
5 years ago

That’s so funny! I wonder if they will name the emergency dinghy Dinghy McSafteyboat! I very nice name though, I love this article!

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