$300 million ship won't be named Boaty McBoatface after all
Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 4:12 PM - For a short while, it looked like the Internet had won. In a landslide victory with 124,109 votes, people voted to name the UK's new, state-of-the-art, $300 million polar expedition ship 'RRS Boaty McBoatface.'
UK Science Minister Jo Johnson has stepped in to veto the vote, saying the ship needs a name that's more "suitable".
The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has says the actual name "will be announced in due course."
The ship, which is being funded by the UK government, is the most advanced British vessel ever made.
The quest to name the ship began when NERC set up an online poll, asking people to name the 129-metre long icebreaker. They had hoped for a name that was inspirational, perhaps referencing a cultural landmarks or an achievement in UK science.
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Instead, the Internet responded with its usual snark.
User James Hand submitted the suggestion "RRS Boaty McBoatface", which shot to the number one spot.
According to the BBC, Hand has "apologized profusely" for his suggestion.
"I've actually been speaking to the people behind the website," he told BBC radio.
"It's actually nothing to do with me. It was my suggestion but the storm that has been created, it's got legs of its own."
While Boaty McBoatface may not be what NERC had bargained for, the organization said it was happy about the publicity.
The name quickly became an internet sensation, with several companies and organizations jumping on the trend:
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The massive ship is expect to sail in 2019. It will be equipped with a laboratory and deck space for remotely-operated vehicles and deep-ocean observatory equipment.
“As a one nation government, we are investing in science capital on a record scale," UK Science Minister, Mr. Jo Johnson, told reporters.
"This ... investment secures the UK's position as a world leader in polar research and provides a major boost to shipbuilding in the North West. Britain has long been a pioneer in ocean science, shipbuilding and manufacturing. Cammell Laird's success in this competition is testament to this expertise and our commitment to continue pushing the boundaries in marine science."
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