When you ask the internet to name anything, more often than not, they will come back with some far less serious than what you were hoping for. In the case of this new £200 million Arctic Research ship, this is a prime example of the internet having fun.
In a recent voting poll to name a brand new Arctic Research ship, the internet was given the option of voting for a new name for this ship. What amazed everyone is that the ship is currently going to be named RRS Boaty McBoatface is the polls finish how they currently stand.
Other names that are in contention are Endeavour, Henry Worsley, David Attenborough, Falcon and many more offerings. However, Boaty McBoatface currently outstrips the competition by quite a few votes. Some of the other hilarious names on the voting poll list include It’s bloody cold here, Usain Bolt, Ice Ice Baby and Notthetitanic.
The £200 million Arctic research vessel is set to set sail in 2019 and will carry 90 scientists and researchers across the Arctic waters.
In a statement, the National Environment Research Council (NERC) said: “Tonne-for-tonne, the ship – together with NERC’s existing two blue water research ships – will provide the UK with the most advanced floating research fleet in the world and will help put the UK at the forefront of ocean research for years to come.”
NERC was looking for a name to reflect the ship’s prowess in the oceans, symbolising the pioneering work they will undertake.
When thinking of submissions, they advised: “We’re looking for an inspirational name that exemplifies the work it will do.
“The ship could be named after a local historical figure, movement, or landmark – or a famous polar explorer or scientist.
“We would like the name to be inspirational and about environmental and polar science, to help us tell everyone about the amazing work the ship does.”
However, it looks like the ship will likely end up being called Boaty McBoatface which is just absolutely hilarious and has definitely made our day. For future reference, never leave the internet to vote in an open poll as to the name of anything!