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4 Realistic Alternatives To Boaty McBoatface

One story that has really captured the heart of the nation and encapsulated what it is to be British has to be the tale of Boaty McBoatface. And, whilst we knew Boaty before she (yes, all ships are female) was famous, bringing you news of her plight back in October, we didn’t know at the time just how big she would become.

Although the most unsubtle of monikers is leading the way in the poll to name this Arctic research ship, certain sections of the media have already highlighted the fact that a clause in the small print states that NERC have the final say over the ship’s name. This, along with the fact that the person responsible for suggesting Boaty McBoatface has issued an apology for doing so, means that we are unlikely to ever see those words emblazoned on the hull. If nothing else, though, this has been an excellent exercise in advertising and public awareness for what will hopefully be an important vessel in the future.

Whilst we feel that perhaps a more suitable name would have been Floaty McBoatface, here’s a look at some of the more realistic alternatives that have made the list.

Boaty McBoatface polar research vessel

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RRS Henry Worsley

Currently second on the list (albeit by a good 50,000 votes at the time of writing) is a name that pays tribute to a British explorer who sadly died at the beginning of this year. Henry Worsley was attempting to be the first person to cross Antarctica both on their own and unaided. After an esteemed military career and having raised more than £100,000 for charity, it would be a fitting honour for a brave adventurer.

RRS David Attenborough

When it comes to national treasures, there are few more highly regarded than Sir David Attenborough. As the face and voice of nature documentaries and research for the last 60 years, this would be a great way to ensure his name continues to be synonymous for discoveries in the natural world for years to come.

RRS Endurance

Although RRS Ernest Shackleton (and RRS Sir Ernest Shackleton) also features on the list, there is already a royal research ship bearing this name. However, naming this new research vessel after the great explorer’s ship seems an excellent choice. Before finally being trapped and subsequently crushed off the coast of South Georgia in 1915, Endurance pressed on through the pack ice and allowed her crew to gain valuable ground. It was only after being caught in a severe gale and amongst thick ice that she finally succumbed, resulting in Shackleton and his crew having to abandon her. However, two more recent ships have also held this name (one of which played a central role in the Falklands War) and so NERC may not want to overuse it.

RRS Aurora

Whilst most people in the cruise industry will think of Aurora as being a ship from the P&O Cruises fleet, a name that conjures up images of the Northern Lights would still be an apt choice. Aurora is a name frequently given to vessels in the Royal Navy and would be perfect for a ship that is set to venture into polar waters.

Whichever name is eventually chosen, the ship will not be ready for service until 2019 and will only be sailed by a professional research team. If you would like to stage your own research mission to the Arctic or Antarctic, our polar cruises can allow you to do just that. Call us today to discuss the adventure of a lifetime.

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