Boaty McBoatface has finally been revealed!
18th October 2016

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The long wait is finally over as the REAL Boaty McBoatface has finally been shown off to us all.

The smaller brother to the upcoming £200 million RRS Sir David Attenborough has been shown for the first time with new pictures – showing a small remotely controlled yellow submarine.

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The real “Boaty McBoatface”!

The name “Boaty McBoatface” comes from earlier in the year when the public was asked to vote on a name for the new research vessel. However, the British public being the British public, amassed 124,000 votes into the name “Boaty McBoatface” which turned out to be the most votes by far compared to all the other contenders.

In the end the research ship was instead named after national treasure Sir David Attenborough with the promise that there would be a smaller research vessel of some kind that will use the “Boaty McBoatface” name instead.

Undated handout artist impression issued by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) of a new state-of-the-art polar research ship, as construction of the ship, which shot to fame amid calls to name the vessel Boaty McBoatface, is getting under way. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday October 17, 2016. Naturalist and TV presenter Sir David Attenborough, after whom it was ultimately decided the ship should be named, will initiate the laying of the first block of the keel. See PA story ENVIRONMENT Boaty. Photo credit should read: NERC/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

What “Boaty McBoatface” could have been…

Construction of the RRS Sir David Attenborough is currently under way, with the veteran braodcaster “due to initiate the laying of the first block of keel”.

Commissioned by the Natural Enviroment Research Council, the ship is being built in Merseyside and should be ready to set sail in 2019.

The research vessel will be used to research the world’s oceans as well as study climate change.

Source: Metro, Forbes

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