The communications manager did apologize though as he said in a statement:
"I've actually been speaking a bit to the people behind the website. I've apologized profusely.What I keep saying to people is, this is actually nothing to do with me. I made the suggestion but the storm that's been created, it's got legs of its own."
The ship is set to sail in 2019 and will head to Antarctica and the Arctic with 90 scientists and a support staff.
The NERC released a statement about their vessel saying:
"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."
Voting is still open until April 16, but seeing as how popular the name "Boaty McBoatface" is, we doubt anything will beat it!
But now, the younger sister of Louis, Félicité Deakin (pictured above, left, with Louis), has figured out her own way to pay tribute to her mother in a very special manner, and we are SO touched by it.
On Friday, the 16-year-old Deakin shared the following image (below), a gorgeous portrait of the family with her late mother, Johannah Deakin, surrounded by all of her children: