Monday, 9 May 2016
If operation best Korea has taught us anything, it's that you should never ask the internet to make a decision for you. So it was no surprise that in an online poll to choose a name for the British Antarctic Survey's new ship, the name "Boaty McBoatface" came out on top. In the end, the powers that be have decided to name the ship after famous naturalist Sir David Attenborough, whose name came fourth in the poll, and who has done much work over the years to make the study of nature accessible to the general public. It is reported that the name Boaty McBoatface will go to one of the ship's ROVs. The ship's keel will be laid at Cammell Laird in October. This investment will be good for British science and good for British shipbuilding. It is fitting that an icon of popular science will give his name to the ship.