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'Boaty McBoatface' leads votes to name research ship

(Source: British Antarctic Survey via CNN) (Source: British Antarctic Survey via CNN)
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All aboard for Boaty McBoatface!

The United Kingdom’s Natural Environment Research Council asked the public to suggest names for its new royal research ship and after a few days of voting, the untouchable front-runner is “RSS Boaty McBoatface.”

As of Sunday evening, that name has been endorsed by nearly 20,000 people on the council’s voting website vastly outnumbering every other suggestion for what to call the government-funded vessel.

Other suggestions trailing far behind include “RSS Henry Worsley,” for the British explorer who died this year crossing the Antarctic, and “RSS David Attenborough,” for the famous nature broadcaster.

The love for Boaty McBoatface apparently capsized the council’s website, which was down for most of Sunday thanks to high volume of traffic.

The independent research organization itself, though, reportedly seemed hesitant to set sail with the name.

It’s unknown who first suggested the name or if anyone is behind a campaign to make sure it wins.

The Natural Environment Research Council said early on the vote would only be for “suggestions” of a name, leaving room for a veto should Boaty McBoatface prevail.

The vote is set to continue through April 16, and the name will ultimately be chosen by a panel later this year.

The ship that may be known as RSS Boaty McBoatface is more than 400 feet long and can carry up to 90 scientists and other staff. It’s expected to make a maiden voyage to Antarctica for polar research in 2019.

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