Boaty McBoatface: Silly name for a serious ship

Posted at 6:09 PM, Mar 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-21 18:09:14-04

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is the leading funder of independent research, training and innovation in environmental science in the UK. 

NERC's new polar research ship is set to set sail in 2019 and is backed by nearly $300 million of government funding. Busy with scientific research, the NERC asked the public for help naming the UK's next world-class polar research ship.

The internet's response?

Boaty McBoatface.

Other popular names include:

  • Aurora
  • Titan
  • Orca
  • Henry Worsley
  • David Attenborough
  • Pillar of Autumn
  • It's Bloody Cold Here
  • Science!!!
  • Big Metal Floaty Thingy-thing

It's a shame the panel will have to chose just one. Cast your vote here.