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Friday, 19 February 2021

Boaty McBoatface at Hurst Castle

Two local photographers, Paul Christopher White and Graham Wiffen have captured images of the polar scientific research vessel RRS Sir David Attenborough as it passed through Milford on Sea. 

The pictures were published on the 'We Love Milford on Sea' Facebook Page. Click here to visit.

RS Sir David Attenborough at Hurst Castle
Photo by Paul Christopher White

RS Sir David Attenborough at The Needles
Photo by Graham Wiffen

In March 2016 a 'Name Our Ship' online poll was carried out to name a new polar research ship and 'Boaty McBoatface' was the most popular suggestion much to the amusement of many. The 'Boaty McBoatface' name had been suggested by former BBC Radio Jersey presenter James Hand and the name caught the imagination of the British public making the naming a national story.

It is possible that the funny name may have been a homage to Hooty McOwlface, an owl named through an 'Adopt-a-Bird' programme in 2012.

In 2017 a Swedish train company ran a similar 'naming poll', this time they accepted the most popular name, which was 'Trainy McTrainface'!

The powers that be ultimately decided to name the new research ship the 'Sir David Attenborough'.

However, the story doesn't end there, as the name 'Boaty McBoatface' does exist onboard the ship, is the name of the lead boat in a fleet of three robotic submersibles.

Don't you just love the British humour, long live 'Boaty McBoatface'!

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