Boaty McBoatface has topped a poll over the name for a new polar research ship as the competition launched by Britain’s Natural Environment Research Council closed.
The suggestion received 124,109 votes — more than three times that of its closest contender.
However, the £200m (€250m) research vessel is not guaranteed to be named in accordance with the poll-topping suggestion, as the final decision lies with science minister Jo Johnson.
The name was put forward by former BBC radio presenter James Hand, who has since apologised and said the storm it created had “legs of its own”.
He said while he stands by Boaty McBoatface as a “brilliant name”, he actually voted to name the boat RRS David Attenborough.
The second-most popular name was the RRS Poppy-Mai, named after a girl aged 16 months whose father “married” her in a bid to give her the wedding of her dreams after it was revealed she had incurable cancer.
The RRS Henry Worsley, named after the explorer who died trying to make the first unassisted solo crossing of the Antarctic in January, was the third-most popular.
Suggestions included RRS I Like Big Boats & I Cannot Lie, and RRS Capt’n Birdseye Get Off My Cod.
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