A government official in Britain rained on the parade this week after tens of thousands of voters in an online poll indicated they want to have a new British research ship christened “Boaty McBoatface.”
Atlas Obscura reports that the official, Jo Johnson, the Conservative Science Minister, said the name, which is the runaway winner in the poll, is “not suitable” for the vessel. And his opinion matters, as he will ultimately be approving the vessel’s name.
The name “RRS Boaty McBoatface” topped the poll by a wide margin, pulling in 124,109 votes to outdistance the second-place entry, “RRS Poppy-Mai,” by more than 80,000 votes. “RRS Poppy-Mai” had 39,886 votes, followed by “RRS Henry Worsley” with 15,744, “RRS David Attenborough” with 11,023 and “RRS ITS BLOODY COLD HERE” with 10,679.
Johnson has made it clear that the poll would be only one factor in the naming of the research ship.