This Is Why You Don't Ask The Internet To Name Things

This Is Why You Don't Ask the Internet to Name Things

Great Britain's Natural Environment Research Council has a £200 million polar research vessel set for construction, and for some reason, they decided it was a good idea to ask the internet to come up with a name for it. The boat sounds pretty spiffy: it will be one of the world's most advanced research vessels when it's ready for the sea in 2019. They set up a nice looking website and asked the general public to weigh in.

Here's what they asked for:

1. What sort of name do we need?

  • We will apply to register the ship as a Royal Research Ship (RRS), so the name must be in the format RRS NAME. Secondly, 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. Finally, we don't want it to be a name we have already used for one of our science ships (James Cook, Ernest Shackleton, Discovery and James Clark Ross).

You can see where this is going. There's certainly plenty of aspirational names such as the RRS Journeyman and RRS Pride of Britain, but the one that quickly rose to the top of the pile was the RRS Boaty McBoatface, with 18,000 votes. Other joke names include RRS Cold Trousers and RRS It's Bloody Cold Here.

Despite the lack of seriousness, The Guardian noted that the organisation was happy for the attention:

Alison Robinson of the NERC said the organisation was thrilled at the "enthusiasm and creativity" of the naming process, while declining to offer an opinion on the merits of Boaty McBoatface.

Got a better idea? They will be taking votes and suggestions until April 16. Hopefully they will name it that, because frankly? RRS Boaty McBoatface is the perfect name.


Image Credit: NERC/PA



    Boaty McBoatface, iSnack2.0, Tony Abbott. Democracy doesn't work.

      But until we have a system better than democracy, we'll stick with democracy.

    I like Boaty McBoatface, they should totally go with that.

    Yep, a great name and the public should choose all names on subjects like this. Far far better than HMS her Majesty or some stuck up shit box name. At least this name will bring a smile to the face of the people that see it.

      You also won't forget the name and it'll be instantly recognisable.

    RRS Boaty McBoatface made me smile, reminds me of something Rimmer would say on Red Dwarf. Hey.. it's big and red! Let's hope they go for RSS Red Dwarf. :)

    Last edited 22/03/16 11:48 am

    I will go for RRS Licker.

    I disagree with the headline. This is the EXACT reason why you ask the Internet to name things!

    How much better would Star Trek be if it was...

    "This is Captain Kirk of the Starship Shippy McShipFace"

    Last edited 22/03/16 1:44 pm

    North Arctic Marine Explorer (N.A.M.E.)

    Doesn't matter if it gets named differently now, he will always be Boaty McBoatface to me now

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