New Royal Research Ship Could Be Named Boaty McBoatface

| 20 Mar 2016 20:03
NERC Royal Research Ship Boaty McBoatface

When the Natural Environment Research Council called for input on names for its new multi-million dollar research vessel, it probably didn't expect Boaty McBoatface to be leading its competition by a wide margin.

This is when marketing goes wrong. When trying to come up with names for a new state-of-the art polar research vessel, some well-meaning individual at the Natural Environment Research Council probably said "Hey, let's solicit suggestions from the Internet." This is how you get names like Boaty McBoatface.

Yes, that name has more than 16,000 votes. Second place so far? The RRS Henry Worsley with a little more than 2,000 votes. Voting was so intense for the frontrunner that the NERC voting website was knocked offline for awhile from the traffic load.

The new vessel, designed to explore Antarctica and the Arctic polar regions, is expected to be operational in 2019 and will create about 400 jobs, including spots for 90 scientists and 60 apprenticeships, as well as support staff. It cost roughly 200 million British pounds to build.

The name was obviously a tongue-in-cheek suggestion by a school communications manager names James Hand, who later tweeted an apology for the suggestion. But that has not stopped it from beating out other entrants such as RRS David Attenborough, RRS Usain Boat, RRS Pingu, and RRS NotTheTitantic.

Despite the overwhelming nature of the vote, NERC has made it clear that their CEO has the final say so on the naming of the boat. NERC had hoped for "an inspirational name that exemplifies the work (the ship) will do."

"The ship could be named after a local historical figure, movement, or landmark - or a famous polar explorer or scientist," the voting page said. "We would like the name to be inspirational and about environmental and polar science, to help us tell everyone about the amazing work the ship does."

Good luck with that. Next time, when getting the Internet involved, they may want to have a pre-selected group of names to choose from. Oh, well, live and learn.

Source: The Independent

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weirdee:

John Keefer:

llamastorm.games:

The suggestion was actually "RRS Usain Boat" not Bolt which is massively funnier

I checked several sites and only "Bolt" appears, not Boat. And the "name our ship" site is still down. Do you have a link where you saw it as Boat?

https://twitter.com/jackjmatthews/status/710869330016206849

first reply down, other choices such as RSS Pingu and RSS Ice Ice Baby

not shown: RSS Icefucker

Thanks. Will adjust.

John Keefer:

llamastorm.games:

John Keefer:
...RRS Usain Bolt...

The suggestion was actually "RRS Usain Boat" not Bolt which is massively funnier

I checked several sites and only "Bolt" appears, not Boat. And the "name our ship" site is still down. Do you have a link where you saw it as Boat?

https://twitter.com/jackjmatthews/status/710869330016206849

first reply down, other choices such as RSS Pingu and RSS Ice Ice Baby

not shown: RSS Icefucker

Okay, now consider this: When they inevitably remake The Day After Tomorrow, or make some other end of the world weather movie, there will be that scene where they tell the president of the united states about the danger:

"Mr. President, the situation is dire; Global Warming is reaching critical mass and Boaty McBoatface estimates that billions will die!"

Dominic Crossman:
Reminds me of face mcshooty from borderlands 2
Anyway, I agree with general consensus of it being good publicity if they actually go through with it.

BOATY BOAT BOAT BOAT, HNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNG!

OT: I would go with the flow of internet humor towards this, too - it harms no one, in this particular case. However, the jaded me is saying it should've been named the RRS The Internet Tried Something, or the RRS T.I.T.S. for short.

I REGRET NOTHING!

Meiam:
There's pretty much no reason not to go with it, the ship will be way more famous and this might actual result in good publicity and maybe even donation. Just look at horse race where people will bet on terrible horse just cause they have cute name.

The sort of person who's honestly entertained by "Boaty McBoatface" probably doesn't have the attention span necessary to do any of that before they get distracted by the newest cat picture.

Clearly it should be "RRS Shamus Boaty NotTheTitanic McShipley Worthington Stout the twelfth"...
Really obvious when you think about it.

On the hull they would paint it's nickname "TL;DNR"!

They opened the vote up to the Internet, we're lucky it's not going to be called 'RRS Tits or GTFO'.

If I had a vessel that went anywhere near icebergs, I would totally name it NotTheTitanic.

Adam Jensen:
They should have gone with Qwib-Qwib if you ask me.

Or, this of course.

Adam Jensen:
They should have gone with Qwib-Qwib if you ask me.

HEEEEEE!!!
I have been giggling non-stop for about three minutes, maybe I should go to bed now.

I am slightly annoyed. It's a ship, and shouldn't be Boaty McBoatface, but Shippy McShipface.

Try saying that fast.

As incredible as Boaty McBoatface is, I can't help but feel this is a missed opportunity for the RRS Miskatonic, RRS William Dyer, or the RRS Starkweather-Moore.

Maybe the first thing they should research on the RRS Boaty McBoatface is why they thought the Internet would give them serious names.

This would actually make me want to change my career entirely. The chance to be at the helm of such a wonderously named vessel is all but too much.

ambitiousmould:
This is what it means to be British. Take something that other people would celebrate and praise and take the piss. I am so chuffing proud right now.

Truly an example of utter Britishness, me breast is swelling with good cheer to know that there are still plenty of sarky buggers ready to take the piss out of anything that moves.

This is what it means to be British. Take something that other people would celebrate and praise and take the piss. I am so chuffing proud right now.

llamastorm.games:

John Keefer:
...RRS Usain Bolt...

The suggestion was actually "RRS Usain Boat" not Bolt which is massively funnier

I checked several sites and only "Bolt" appears, not Boat. And the "name our ship" site is still down. Do you have a link where you saw it as Boat?

Yay if this wins, but I don't think the name went far enough. I'd have went with something more prestigious sounding, like: Lord Boaty Boatsford, of the Boatshire Boatsfords, third of his name, heir to the Boatsford fortune, Supreme Commander of the Boatswanna flotilla, Esquire. (Long may he reign.)

Reminds me of face mcshooty from borderlands 2
Anyway, I agree with general consensus of it being good publicity if they actually go through with it.

This is almost as good as my ship and captain on Star Trek Online: The USS Beardface, Brian Beardface Blessed commanding, using a characrer model of wild hair and a gigantic beard. However, the McBoatFace can redeem itself in one of two ways:

{1} Either by having a captain as grizzled and such as the one from Jaws.

OR

{2} By having at least one crew member with a David Ryder nickname.

I'll even accept Bob Johnson!

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