Mar 192016

The Brits have themselves a new research vessel. Looks like this:

They’re holding open voting to name the ship. Some of the names suggested have been the RRS Henry Worseley and the RRS David Attenborough. But what name is winning the popular vote just now? Hmm, let’s see…

‘Boaty McBoatface’ Is Currently Leading An Open Vote To Name The New £200 Million Royal Research Ship

This is a reminder, as if it was really needed, that democracy isn’t *always* the answer. “What shall we name our ship?” “Engine #2 has burst into flames. What shall we do?” “Should we use the power of government to stomp all over such-and-such ethnic/religious/economic group?” These are the sort of questions it’s often best to *not* put in the hands of the mob.

 Posted by at 8:06 pm
  • Cthell

    And this is why Lord Vetinari’s method [of letting people think they have a say] of choice – comittees – is superior to democracy

    Particularly if you control the person taking the minutes…

  • B-Sabre

    See…this is why we can’t have nice things….

    I’d suggest RRS Endeavour.

    • Cthell

      Not sure if that would be the most auspicious of names…

      • B-Sabre

        Maybe not, but after reading this description of the original Endeavor:

        “Endeavour was originally the merchant collier Earl of Pembroke, launched in June 1764 from the coal and whaling port of Whitby in North Yorkshire,[9] and of a type known locally as the Whitby Cat. She was ship-rigged and sturdily built with a broad, flat bow, a square stern, and a long box-like body with a deep hold.[10]

        If that don’t describe the ship we’re looking at, I’ll eat my mousepad.

        • Cthell

          No argument there – that bow was so fat you’d almost think it was sailing backwards

          • Paul451

            “sturdily built with a broad, flat bow, a square stern, and a long box-like body with a deep hold.”

            “so fat you’d almost think it was sailing backwards”

            I feel like you guys are subtly doing “Yo momma” jokes.

          • B-Sabre

            That thought did occur…

            Yo bow’s so fat…it needs two slips at the dock.

  • jjak

    The fix is in, the artwork clearly shows the ship is named “RRS Name of Vessel”

    • Paul451

      It’s a good name.

  • publiusr

    It should be the RRS David Attenborough

  • Herp McDerp

    Some years ago there was an SF short story in which the folks at the
    International Astronomical Union realized that Earth’s natural satellite
    didn’t have an “official” name. Sure, it had all sorts of names in
    various languages — Luna, the Moon, la Lune, Луна, 月亮, Σελήνη, whatever — but nothing that had been universally agreed on. So the IAU decided to hold a contest to name it, and things were looking good for “Luna” until a late-night radio talk show host got involved and influenced his fans to contribute. The result: Earth’s natural satellite was named “Art Bell.”

    (Well, they used a different name … but he’s the guy they meant.)

  • xvdougl

    Sounds like they compromised and named the boats ROV Boaty. Attenborough it is.