Democracy can be a tricky thing in presidential elections and ship namings. When the National Environmental Research Council decided to enlist the public in naming its new $300 million boat to be launched in 2019, the public was delighted. The top name? “Boaty McBoatface”. Yes, Boaty McBoatface could soon set sail and I for one cannot wait for the christening.
Boaty McBoatface is a 128-yard-long, 15,000-ton ship to serve as a “new polar research vessel which will deliver world-leading capability for UK research in both Antarctica and the Arctic.”
Other popular names include “RRS Ice Ice Baby” and “RRS Boatimus Prime.”
For my part, the public’s choice is perfectly brilliant. There is no better handle than Boaty McBoatface. The tee-shirt sales alone would be a bonanza for arctic research.
So raise a glass and join in a toast that the sun shall never set on Boaty McBoatface.