The vote to name the super-high-tech polar exploration ship Boaty McBoatface was only the second most divisive of 2016.
Who can forget the name Boaty McBoatface?
In 2016, it became a viral sensation when the general public was asked for suggestions in naming a new £150 million polar exploration ship.
It was the clear winner in the vote to name the under-construction polar exploration vessel but, for obvious reasons, was ditched in favour of a more fitting name.
However, the name Boaty McBoatface still lives on today, proving the power of the internet.
What’s in a name: The origins of Boaty McBoatface
When the name Boaty McBoatface emerged as the top contender in the vote to name the ultra-high-tech polar research vessel, it came as a surprise to absolutely no one and is arguably the perfect example of self-deprecating British humour.
The vote, which took place in 2016, was eventually ignored by ministers who felt a more fitting name was required than Boaty McBoatface for the most advanced polar exploration vessel ever made and decided on a different name.
The eventual name
Of course, the ship was never actually going to be called Boaty McBoatface.
However, not all is lost for those who voted for the name back in 2016 as the Boaty McBoatface name lives on.
While the polar exploration ship itself has, of course, taken on the name of the RRS Sir David Attenborough, one of the autonomous submarines onboard the £150 million ship has been named Boaty McBoatface, keeping alive one of the defining moments in internet history.
What is the ship designed to do and when is it launching?
The RRS Sir David Attenborough is currently still under construction in Merseyside but once it’s finally completed it is set to explore the polar regions to give scientists a better understanding of climate change and the melting ice caps.
While the bulk of the ship is now complete, the interior fittings are yet to be installed, at the time of writing, and the ship is scheduled for its first foray into the water in March 2020 for some test runs before it is officially launched in October 2020.