Wait… No Boaty McBoatface?

My heart is breaking.

You’ve heard of the internet rising up to give the UK’s new polar research ship a totally awesome name, I gather?

Boaty McBoatface has become the overwhelming choice in a public vote to name a £200m polar research ship.

The name, suggested by former BBC Radio Jersey presenter James Hand, went viral, crashing the Natural Environment Research Council (Nerc) website.

It was your fault for asking the internet, guys. And now, they’re taking it all away.

A website inviting name suggestions had attracted huge interest, with Boaty McBoatface the runaway favourite.

But Science Minister Jo Johnson said there were “more suitable” names.

Leave it to the British to be uptight about this.

Of course, they’re naming it after Sir David Attenborough instead, and I can’t really complain about that. I adore the man, and he definitely makes it in the top 5 of my favorite British people of all time, he deserves the honor and I understand the choice.

Still… Boaty McBoatface would have been glorious.



  1. cartomancer says

    It’s not all bad – the miniature research drone that the SS Sir David Attenborough launches IS going to be called Boaty McBoatface…

    • thoughtsofcrys says

      I read it would be just called “Boaty”, as a tip of the hat to the vote. Oh well, as I said, David Attenborough is awesome, so I can’t really complain

      • blf says

        Yeah, I am somewhat mixed feelings about this. naming in honour of Mr Attenborough is a brilliant choice, but so it McBoatface. The suggestion I’ve seen is to name one of the (life?)boats aboard the Attenborough after the popular vote winner, but cartomancer@1’s reported compromise is perhaps better.

  2. says

    That was a clever way of sidestepping the will of the people. You can be sure they’ll never make that mistake, again!!

    So the science ministry demonstrates more smoothness than the entire US political system, which – you might know – is dealing with its own “boaty mcboatface”-like crisis.

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