New $400 Million Royal Research Ship May Be Named 'Boaty McBoatface' Thanks To An Online Poll

March 21, 2016

The official name for a new $400 million Royal Research Ship could be the "RRS Boaty McBoatface" after the British public was asked for its ideas.

British poll ship Boaty McBoatface

The National Environment Research Council asked for the names suggested to be inspirational, such as a historical figure, landmark or movement, and not names of ships which already exist. But the people have spoken...

However, naming a research ship "Boaty McBoatface" has received mix reviews on Twitter.

Boaty McBoatface

Boaty McBoatface

Boaty McBoatface

Currently, Boaty McBoatface has a massive lead. In second place, more than 13,000 votes behind, is the RRS Henry Worsley - named after an explorer.

The Top 15 Suggestions:

  1. RRS Boaty McBoatface
  2. RRS Henry Worsley
  3. RRS Pillar of Autumn
  4. RRS David Attenborough
  5. RRS Boaty McBoatface the return
  6. RRS Boat
  7. RRS Pingu
  8. RRS It's bloody cold here
  9. RRS Usain Boat
  10. RRS Tiffany Aching
  11. RRS Red Dwarf
  12. RRS Tom Crean
  13. RRS Ice Ice Baby
  14. RRS Notthetitanic
  15. RRS Ada Lovelace

Once completed, the vessel will be deployed on research missions to the Arctic and Antarctic and be able to spend up to 60 days at sea. It will carry up to 90 scientists and support staff.

Will it be named Boaty McBoatface, Henry Worsley, or possibly Boaty McBoatface The Return? Only time will tell...

I bet this is the last time the government asks the people with help naming something.

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