Unsinkable. Boaty McBoatface Lives On!

Boaty McBoatface the name that launched a zillion internet memes is back.

You may recall that “Boaty McBoatface” was the winner of a internet contest held by National Environmental Research Council to name their newest polar research vessel. It’s been one year since they held that contest.

While NERC decided that it was an inappropriate name for their new flagship, choosing to name the ship after Sir David Attenborough, an English broadcaster of nature shows. NERC didn’t give up on the moniker. Instead they announced they would name an exploratory submarine after the social media favorite. Now “Boaty McBoatface” will launch her maiden voyage.

It would have been a travesty to cast aside a name that had captured the imagination of so many people around the world. And so, at the NERC National Oceanography Centre, Autosub Long Range Boaty McBoatface was born. Cute though it sounds, this unmanned submarine is part of a fleet of some pretty intrepid explorers. This month they’ll begin their first mission, traversing a deep current that originates in Antarctica and flows through the Southern Ocean. They’ll be collecting data for the Dynamics of the Orkney Passage Outflow (DynOPO) project as they ‘fly’ through submarine waterfalls and rapids, shedding light on how global warming is changing our oceans.

And the internet is already rejoicing.

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