21 Mar 2016

New ship could be called 'Boaty McBoatface'

10:52 am on 21 March 2016

A new ship could set sail with the name RRS Boaty McBoatface.

The name has become the runaway favourite in an online poll to suggest names for the Royal Research ship.

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Photo: Natural Environment Research Council

Other names in the running are RRS Pingu and RRS Usain Bolt.

Traditionally, ships are named after after explorers, so Boaty McBoatface would be an unusual choice.

There's no guarantee that the ship would have the name though, as the poll is only a suggestion.

The boat is currently being built and when it's completed it will study ice sheets, ocean currents and marine life in the Arctic.