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Meet Boaty McBoatface: Britain’s Most Adorable Vessel



The time is finally here: Boaty McBoatface has formally been named by Prince William and his wife, Kate the Duchess of Cambridge.

The vessel, which is an extension of the more appropriately named Sir David Attenborough, finally hit the waters three years after its name was unveiled.

Boaty McBoatface dates back to 2016 when the Natural Environment Research Council conducted an online poll to name a new government ship. After someone suggested the humorous moniker, it went viral and overwhelmingly won the support of the public.

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This left the government in a bit of a pickle: do they honor the people’s vote or do they go against the suggestion and name it themselves? 

In 2019, we can see the result and the compromise that was subsequently met: the ship would be formally named the Sir David Attenborough, whereas the small, yellow underwater vehicle would be granted the name Boaty McBoatface. 

Boaty McBoatface is an autonomous underwater vessel that can travel long and deep distances to collect data used for research.

Prince William praised the vessel, which is expected to help expand our knowledge of the polar oceans and the impact of climate change on our world.


“It is my immense privilege and relief to welcome Sir David Attenborough, rather than Boaty McBoatface, to speak,” he said.

Attenborough, 93, has worked for 60 years and describes the naming of the vessel ‘the greatest possible honor’. 

What do you think of the boat? Do you think the name is appropriate? Let us know in the comments.

James Spiro is the Head Writer and Editor at Editor Choice. His passions include comic book movies, tech, politics, and Twitter.