UK asks open to name $300M boat; “Boaty McBoatface” leads vote

Ships can bear a names of former presidents, fight heroes, long-lost loves, or crafty puns. However, a U.K. open appears to have taken a opposite tact when it comes a fixing of a new frigid vessel from a National Environment Research Council.

The NERC announced the online voting contest to name a scarcely $300 million vessel to be launched in 2019 recently, and a heading vote-getter so distant is a elementary though stupid “Boaty McBoatface.”

The 128-yard-long, 15,000-ton vessel is described by a NERC as a “new frigid investigate vessel that will broach world-leading capability for UK investigate in both Antarctica and a Arctic.”

The Irish Examiner reports some of a other renouned name suggestions are “RRS Usain Boat, RRS Ice Ice Baby and RRS Boatimus Prime.”

The hashtag “#boatymcboatface” was trending on Sunday morning, and a NERC pronounced a remarkable high seductiveness in fixing their vessel has caused a voting website to sink.