Despite the Internets best efforts a new British research vessel will not be named Boaty McBoatface.
Instead, the vessel has been named the RRSSir David Attenborough, despite Internet usersoverwhelmingly voting to name the vessel ‘Boaty McBoatface,’ a British government official announced Friday.
“New polar research ship to be named RRS Sir David Attenborough in tribute to a great broadcaster & natural scientist,” Jo Johnson, the U.K.’s Minister of State for Universities and Science, said in a tweet.
Johnson noted in a statement, that the public offered “truly inspirational and creative names,” though Attenborough was ultimately chosen because it “captures the ship’s scientific mission and celebrates the broadcaster’s contribution to natural science.”
Attenborough, who will turn 90 on Sunday, said he was ‘truly honored’ by the decision,BBC reported.
The name was first put forward by former BBC radio presenter James Hand, who expressed surprise at the furore Boaty McBoatface has caused.
“This is actually nothing to do with me,” he said. “I made the suggestion but the storm that’s been created – it’s got legs of its own. I just feel it’s a very British thing, which a lot of people have pointed out.”
Hand added that while he stands by Boaty McBoatface as a “brilliant name” for the research ship, he actually voted for RRS David Attenborough, which came in fifth with 10,284 votes overall.
— James Hand (@JamesHand) May 6, 2016