‘Boaty McBoatface’ polar ship named after Attenborough
6 May 2016
- From the section UK
The UK’s new polar research ship is to be named RRS Sir David Attenborough, after Boaty McBoatface previously topped a public vote.
The £200m vessel will be named after the world-renowned naturalist and broadcaster, Science Minister Jo Johnson confirmed.
The move, coming days before Sir David turns 90, will recognise his “legacy in British broadcasting”, he said.
Sir David said he was “truly honoured” by the decision.
He said that he hoped “everyone who suggested a name will feel just as inspired to follow the ship’s progress as it explores our polar regions”.
“I have been privileged to explore the world’s deepest oceans alongside amazing teams of researchers, and with this new polar research ship they will be able to go further and discover more than ever before.”
While the ship will not be named Boaty McBoatface, one of the remotely operated sub-sea vehicles will be named Boaty in recognition of the vote.
A website inviting suggestions to name the ship had attracted huge interest, with “Boaty McBoatface” being the big favourite.
But Mr Johnson said there were “more suitable names” for the vessel.
He said: “The public provided some truly inspirational and creative names, and while it was a difficult decision I’m delighted that our state-of-the-art polar research ship will be named after one of the nation’s most cherished broadcasters and natural scientists.
“This vessel will carry the Attenborough name for decades to come, as it fulfils its mission to explore the oceans and put Britain at the forefront of efforts to preserve our precious marine environment.”
Members of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee have said they want to discuss whether the public engagement project around the search for a name has been a success or a failure.
Nicola Blackwood, committee chair, said she wanted to explore whether the process was a “triumph of public engagement or a PR disaster”.
Source: BBC Entertainment