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.
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.
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.