Boaty McBoatface: Polar ship travels up Thames

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Boaty McBoatface: Polar ship travels up Thames
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The UK’s new polar research ship, the RRS Sir David Attenborough, has come up the Thames ahead of undertaking its first expedition.

The £200 million vessel, named after the veteran TV naturalist, is the ship the public wanted to call “Boaty McBoatface” in an online poll before ministers intervened.

It travelled up the river through the Thames Barrier and is now tied up in Greenwich.

The ship will spend a few days at the home of the Prime Meridian to enable the public to see it and to mark the start of the COP26 climate conference, which begins on Sunday in Glasgow.

The 129m-long vessel’s first ocean voyage will be to Antarctica, where it will be at the forefront of understanding how the Earth’s atmosphere and oceans are warming.

Despite missing out on the “Boaty McBoatface” name, a yellow submarine on the ship does carry the moniker.

It was given the name as a compromise after officials felt it would be too embarrassing to give the state-of-the-art polar vessel a joke name.

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