The Ocean Research Vessel, RRS Sir David Attenborough is to be re-named RRS Boaty McBoatface, a ship name which originally won the #NameOurShip online poll. After heated debate on both sides, Democracy and the will of the people has prevailed and the ship is now to be re-Christened the RRS Boaty McBoatface.
She was originally launched as RRS Sir David Attenborough, a name deemed a far more appropriate for a serious scientific study by the Natural Environment Research Council. Most experts agree however that changing the ship’s name will lower the international standing of The Natural Environment Research Council, and actually make it likely to lose out on funding to other rival maritime research agencies. Despite these compelling arguments, it was seen as unfair to the voters not to make the change as they cast their votes in good faith.
Professor John Frost from Ocean Research gave a short statement on the ship’s re-Christening: “We really wanted to keep Sir David Attenborough’s name of the side of the vessel, he is such an inspiring and well-known figure as well as a champion for science and the environment. His name would have also given us great exposure for good within the media worldwide and scientific community as a whole, I’m sure Boaty McBoatface will also be quite good too.”