The British public wants to name a $288 million research boat ‘Boaty McBoatface’

March 21, 2016 3:05 PM

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The Natural Environment Research Council’s (NERC) new polar research ship has lofty ambitions and a hefty price tag. The ship cost the British government £200m, or about $288 million, and is designed to “deliver world-leading capability for UK research in both Antarctica and the Arctic.” Last week, the NERC invited the British public to select a name befitting the nobel vessel. And voters have risen to the challenge, choosing a moniker that honors the ship and all it represents. Ladies and gentlemen, please meet: RRS Boaty McBoatFace.

In an interview with the BBC, James Hand, who came up with the name, expressed shock over how strongly people reacted to it. “I read the story about naming the ship on the BBC website on Thursday and some of the entries were really funny—my favourite was Clifford The Big Red Boat,” he said, adding, ...

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