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Boaty McBoatface: Popular Opinion Wins Out With Sub’s New Name

Image: Boaty McBoatface, a remotely-operated submarine
Boaty McBoatface, a remotely-operated submarine. The submarine, bearing a name that began as a joke, will begin its first mission this week in Antarctica. National Oceanography Center / The New York Times via Redux Pictures

Yes, you heard that right. There's a new submarine named "Boaty McBoatface."

If you missed the story the first time around, here's how it goes: The Natural Environment Research Council, a British government agency, asked the public for help in naming a ship to replace the marine research vessel RRS James Clark Ross. You guessed it: Boaty McBoatface was the winner of the contest.

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The Science Ministry went against the popular vote and named their new ship after the naturalist David Attenborough.

To the joy of the public, this year British officials approved of the name Boaty McBoatface for the remote-operated submarine, which will accompany the RSS Sir David Attenborough in collecting data and samples. Boaty will begin on its first voyage Friday through the icy waters of the Antarctica en route to the Southern Ocean.