The vessel officially known as RRS David Attenborough will investigate Antarctic

As the massive hull of RRS Sir David Attenborough – the ship the public wanted to be called Boaty McBoatface – slid into the River Mersey on Saturday, British Antarctic Survey director Jane Francis was still defending its name.

“This is a serious science ship that required the name of a serious scientist,” she said. “Its name recognises all the love and esteem the British public holds for Sir David Attenborough.”

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