Polar Research Vessel RRS Sir David Attenborough (aka ‘Boaty’) Launched in the UK

The 10,000-tonne hull of the RRS Sir David Attenborough was launched into the River Mersey on Saturday, marking a major milestone in the build of the UK's new state-of-the-art polar research ship. The ship, which is under construction at the Cammel Laird shipyard in Birkenhead, is the largest civilian ship to be built in the UK in the last 30 years. The ¬£200 million polar … [Read more...]

‘Boaty McBoatface’ AUV to Hit the Water on First Research Mission

The UK National Oceanography Centre's new Autosub Long Range, bearing the name 'Boaty McBoatface', is getting ready to hit the water on its first Antarctic mission to study some of the deepest and coldest ocean waters on earth and how they affect climate change. The mission will involve scientists from the University of Southampton and British Antarctic Survey (BAS) who will … [Read more...]

Keel Laid for Polar Research Ship Formerly Known As ‘Boaty McBoatface’

Construction has started on the UK's new state-of-the-art polar research ship that earlier this year served as the inspiration for the now-famous Boaty McBoatface internet meme. The ship, which will actually be given the name RRS Sir David Attenborough, is being built by the Cammell Laird shipyard in Liverpool and reached its first construction milestone Monday with the … [Read more...]

Boaty McBoatface Given Real Name (But Will Still Forever Be Known as Boaty McBoatface)

LONDON, May 6 (Reuters) - A new 200 million pound ($290 million) polar research ship is to be named after veteran BBC naturalist David Attenborough but the government promised on Friday that "Boaty McBoatface", the name which topped a public poll, would not be ignored. The naming of the Royal Research Ship (RRS) attracted huge interest after the Natural Environment Research … [Read more...]