$300M Research Ship To Get Ridiculous Name After Joke Submission Leads Online Poll

The UK’s National Environment Research Council (NERC) hoped to find the perfect name for its brand-new research ship through a public vote. But, in classic Brit style, a joke name is now leading the polls.

Independent environmental science organization NERC has nearly finished building its $300 million Antarctic survey vessel.


And what better way to celebrate than a clever campaign inviting the British public to submit names and vote for their favorites?

It all started out innocently enough as Aurora, Titan and Orca were put forward as good ship-y names.

But just four days later, the hilarious and ridiculous “RRS Boaty McBoatface” appeared to be leading the vote with a massive 21,000 votes.

The second name, RRS Henry Worsley, dedicated to the explorer who sadly died in January attempting to cross Antarctica unaided, has just 2,700 votes.

And, as news of “Boaty McBoatface” spread, the NERC website crashed due to huge amounts of traffic.

The closing date for entries isn’t until April 16th, but with the hashtag #BoatyMcBoatface still going strong we reckon the NERC will think twice before asking the British public for help ever again…