back to article Brits seek rousing name for polar research vessel

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is inviting Joe Public to suggest names for its forthcoming polar research ship, due to hit the world's oceans in 2019. The £200m, 15,000 tonne vessel - to be built at Merseyside shipbuilding yard Cammell Laird - is hailed as Blighty's "largest and most advanced research ship yet …

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I'm torn

Between "Nautical Queen" and "Sea Princess"

How about I compromise and call her "Nausea"

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Re: I'm torn

Nice, I see what you did there :D

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Obvious suggestions are obvious

Royal connection with absolutely no drawbacks whatsoever:

Advanced Research Ship Elizabeth II

Just because I'd love to hear newsreaders pronounce it:

RRS Arraress

Because it's our favourite ice breaker:

RRS What about this weather we're having?

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"Just because I'd love to hear newsreaders pronounce it"

Ah, in that case you'd want the 'RRS Mary Hinge'...

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BoJo

If we're going to call it something relevant, surely someone that is constantly getting into stupid places and yet somehow turns it to his advantage would be most appropriate?

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Anything to do with (rising) temperatures

RSS Lord Kelvin

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Name?

"Bi-Polar --we go to both ends."

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Why not...the Cutty Sark.

Cutty, because that's what it does to the ice!

Sark, because it's a British vessel, ya plonker!

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On The Rocks

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RRS Thetis or perhaps RRS Thunderbolt

Those who know the history of the Royal Navy may recognize that particular pair of names and might take the hint that perhaps it might not be a good idea to join that ship's crew. Hint: one particular RN ship had both names and set a record which will never be broken, and not in a good way.

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MrT

Ah yes...

...I first heard of it in a song by Jules Weston, (a one man rock band doing the rounds in North Yorkshire in the 80s - I lived in Ripon at the time and most heard him at the Navigation pub). The song starts (IIRC):

"I have passed many times a place north of Sicily

Where half a mile down on the seabed there lay

An old British submarine with all of her crew.

They are still down there waiting today..."

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ideas

"End of Empire"

"Dark Materials"

"Beagle"

"Arathusa"

"Bagpuss"

"Frank Hurley"

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Re: ideas

RSS Ice Brexit

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Tux

Indestructible III

Frigidissimis

Gu Math Fuar

Dylan

Oswald Cobblepot

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"Bob"

"My Little Floatie"

"Flotsam"

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RRS Can I Have a Tow

As I've broken down again...

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RSS Norman Stanley Fletcher

Am I the only one to equate the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) with "nerk" a made up swear word from classic sit-com Porridge?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porridge_(TV_series)#Contributions_to_the_English_language

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Bah!

HMS Brass Monkey.

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Watership Down

I'll hop right along...

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Titanic's Revenge

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If it's not the first ice breaker, then may I suggest "Mingler"?

Of course, if it ends up looking a mess, you can always drop the "L"...

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Since Erebus and Terror don't have great reputations in polar exploration may I humbly suggest:

RRS Penguin Smasher

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Or...

PARIS

Proper Antarctic Research is Science!

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The RRS Where's Waldo?

The RRS Penguinista?

The RRS Snowman's Balls?

The RRS Santa Smacker?

The RRS Frau Zen?

The RRS Fuckitscold?

I'll get my coat, it's the one with the ice cube tray in the pocket...

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If we're going to name it after an explorer, I vote for RRS Dora.

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SS Witches Tits

See title

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Polaris

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MrT

If funding keeps getting cut back...

... "RRS [this space for hire]"

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Re: If funding keeps getting cut back...

"[this space for hire]" probably not for Champagne though.

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I would choose, BOREAS(North Wind) for her.

We used to nickname Penguins,'waiters in tail-coats',seeing as there are none in the Arctic there's no point in naming her 'Penguin'.

POLARIS would also suffice.

When I was in the Arctic in the early 1960's, we used the Pole Star to navigate,unlike the Decca Navigation system,which had it's northernmost chain station in Norway,the magnetic interference would regularly throw out the system & it was never truly accurate.

Like a gyro system, with it's accuracy,the Pole Star is 'fixed' positionally speaking & was therefore a very useful tool for navigational back up.

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I turn to Mythology

A mighty vessel, built to face the elements at the ends of the Earth, bravely facing danger and Hardships for the advancement of the knowledge of Mankind, needs a properly fitting name.

Therefore I propose naming it after the primal Lord of the Elder Gods of the Greeks:

RSS Titan Uranus

?? What's all that tittering in the back for?

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RSS Pellinore

- all they'll find of the ice is fewmets.

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RSS Potent Voyager

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How about RSS Harry McNish?

If it wasn't for his carpentry skills Shackelton's Expedition would still be in the Antarctic.

Also go someways towards redressing the injustice of being denied the polar medal and dying

in poverty on the docks in New Zealand.

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Been suggested already, but in the best possible British Spirit (TM) it should clearly be RSS Lawrence Oates.

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British Polar

The British Polar Engine Company not only installed its first Diesel engine in a motor ship in 1907, it also powered the first motor ship to cross the Atlantic. The Polar name arose because they also powered Amundsen's Fram, so the connection with the poles is indeed strong.

The company since then has powered a lot of ships and submarines.

It would be nice to honour the unglamorous end of the expedition business, the bit that actually keeps things moving.

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Dr John Rae

A sadly forgotten and reviled explorer, purely 'cos he theorised that Franklin's crew indulged in a bit of long pig - which upset the Victorian sensibility...

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Icebuster

Icebuster

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update

Allegedly the poll is currently topped by "Boaty McBoatface"

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RRS Iain Duncan Smith

Named because of its ability to pull out backwards if it runs into unbreakable obstacles..

I think this all the more pleasing than my first idea which was RRS Rohypnol - An icebreaker that uses force when persuasion and reasoning doesn't work.

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Poll site fall down, go boom

Silly wins again!

How about RRS Michael Palin, or RRS Jeremy Clarkson. Both have links to that part of the world.

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I'd go for RRS William Speirs Bruce as the leader of the Scotia Expedition -- the only British Antarctic expedition to complete on time and on budget and achieve all its mission objectives with no loss of life. It's about time that expedition had more recognition.

Must be a good omen, Shirley?

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