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Boaty McBoatface wins online poll for name of UK’s polar research vessel

The council asked for inspirational entries about environmental and polar science. Boaty McBoatface won with 124,109 votes.

By: AP | London |
April 18, 2016 2:32:48 pm
Boaty McBoatface, UK polar research vessel, UK name poll, British naval history, world news Boaty McBoatface won the name poll for UK’s research vessel

Boaty McBoatface has topped an online poll to name the U.K.’s newest polar research vessel, beating entries that honored scientists and explorers.

The council asked for inspirational entries about environmental and polar science. But in the contest ending on Saturday, Boaty McBoatface won with 124,109 votes — more than three times its closest contender. The vote was advisory and the name will be decided by the council.

Former BBC radio host James Hand, who proposed the winning entry, has apologized for the controversy, though he still thinks it’s a “brilliant name.” He voted to name the ship after naturalist and broadcaster David Attenborough.

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