- 13 Nov 2012
Is this the best ever name for a ship? RRS Boaty McBoatface is leading the vote as public name new polar vessel
The suggestion for The National Research Councils (NERC) next Royal Research Ship (RRS), is currently beating RRS Henry Worseley and RRS David Attenborough.
The new ship will replace the existing RRS James Clark Ross and RRS Ernest Shackleton, which work in the Arctic and Antarctic.
The boat will be 128 metres long and weigh around 15,000 tonnes, and up to 90 scientists and support staff could live on board.
The £200m vessel is due to be operational in 2019.
Anyone can propose a suitable name on the website and other ideas in the running are RRS Usain Boat, RRS Ice Ice Baby and RRS Boatimus Prime.
Fingers crossed well see RRS Boaty McBoatface sailing through the Arctic Circle though.
I love being British sometimes.