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#NameOurShip: British citizens asked to name $288 million ship; 'Boaty McBoatface' leads

(Photo: British Antarctic Survey via CNN Newsource; Video: CNN/YouTube/NERC handout/Cincinnati Zoo via CNN Newsource)

RENO, Nev. (KRNV) - The Natural Environment Research Council of the U.K. hoped to "break the ice" by asking the British public to name its brand-new, 200 million pound ($288 million) polar research ship through its #NameOurShip campaign. As such, the council very well may end up with a ship named the "RRS Boaty McBoatface."

Nominations included famed British scientists, public figures, and pioneers, but as of Sunday afternoon, Boaty McBoatface took the lead.

The ship will join a fleet of Royal Research Ships, including the former Bransfield, John Biscoe and Shackleton.

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