We can’t believe adults chose this name!
The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) in the UK decided to go to the public to get suggestions for naming their $300 million Antarctic survey vessel
Interestingly enough, some of the suggestions have been things like “Endeavour,” “Falcon,” “Ice Ice Baby,” or “It’s bloody cold here.”
As ridiculous as some of those are, the name that is currently the frontrunner is “RRS Boaty McBoatface”!
That’s right, a $300 million ship is about to be named Boaty McBoatface. LOLz!
James Hand, a communications managers, is actually the person who suggested the name which now has over 27,000 votes compared to second place’s “RRS Henry Worsley” with 3,000 votes.
James has since taken to Twitter to share his thoughts on the frontrunning name — which now has its own Twitter account! Hand first tweeted out about the name saying:
Thanks! I’ve got my fingers firmly crossed. https://t.co/oF9cD5hM95
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ James Hand (@JamesHand) March 17, 2016
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.”
Sea legs even!
Since the apology, James wanted to point out he wasn’t TOTALLY serious about it:
My apology for #BoatyMcBoatface was in the most British sense. I stand by it being a brilliant name.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ James Hand (@JamesHand) March 21, 2016
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!
[Image via NERC.]