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Royals name new polar research vessel in Birkenhead

Royals name new polar research vessel in Birkenhead”

Thousands of people flocked to the Cammell Laird shipyard on the Wirral to see the ceremony firsthand.

Ahead of the ceremony, Prince William and Catherine toured the RRS Sir David Attenborough, and learned about the autosub long range underwater vehicle which will launch from it. The Duchess of Cambridge smashed a bottle of champagne against the hull in time-honoured tradition, but before she did so, the Duke of Cambridge paid a heartfelt tribute to the legendary conservationist, while also discussing his concerns about climate change.

Greater than 124,000 individuals voted to call it Boaty McBoatface in a public ballot, however that title was vetoed and it was as an alternative named after the broadcaster. Former BBC radio presenter James Hand, who came up with the name, said 90 percent of the thousands of entries were daft - so he thought he would throw in one of his own. William said it was "fitting" that the boat was named after Attenborough.

In keeping their promise to leave the naming up to a vote, however, the marine powers that be agreed to name the yellow submarine aboard the RSS Sir David Attenborough Boaty McBoatface. He said it was a great day for Birkenhead and the whole of the city region. It requires a crew of about 30, and can carry up to 60 scientists and support staff. It will conduct ice trials in the northern hemisphere from March 2020.



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