The BAS new US$284 million polar research ship, after an online poll to name it, in now called “RRS Boaty McBoatface.”
The new 129.6 m (425 ft) long, Royal Research Ship (RRS) currently under construction at Cammell Laird shipyards, will be used in both the Antarctic and the Arctic, carrying 60 scientists and support staff,
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The Natural Environment Research Council last month opened a poll, asking the internet what they should name the new boat.
The top three suggestions were:
RRS Boaty McBoatface – 124,109
RRS Poppy-Mai – 34,371
RRS Henry Worsley – 15,231