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Discussion > Name the new UK Polar Ice Breaker

You know the poles have melted so much, that there's hardly any ice left (sic)
...So we won't need to spend any money on ICEBREAKER research ships

... Well one side of the "Progressive Socialist Media Group" tells us we have a chance to name the UK's new Icrebreaker research ship

(they only mention it's an icebreaker in the old new story)

Mar 17, 2016 at 10:15 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

My entry has STILL yet to appear on the official list

RRS Cli-Tanic
This name is a combination of Climate and Titanic.
Climate : to remind us that the main drive for the funding for this vessel is so that it can be used in Climate Change 'Research'.
Titanic : Firstly to remind us of this nation's history of grandiose gestures as we seek to rush ahead, whilst other nations take more care. And secondly to remind us to have skepticism, when pioneers say "our ideas are certain, and don't need to be challenged".

Mar 17, 2016 at 10:16 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Thanks for the link to the BBC "icebreaker" story. Really a research vessel with limited ice breaking capability, as you'd expect. From the BBC got a link to a suggest a name site

I went with Hubert Lamb (...It hasn't appeared yet either)

Mar 17, 2016 at 8:19 AM | Unregistered Commenter SandyS

Mar 17, 2016 at 10:19 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

John Shade suggests : RRS Fashion Victim

We could go with all kinds of Ironic Names
: RRS Sir Edward Davey, ... RRS Chris Huhne ... RRS Green Pounder, RRS Subsidy & Leggett

: Whats his name the Ice - Predictor man ? : RRS Peter "still wrong" Wadhams

Maybe you can sneak some names past the moderation police on NERCs site

"Milankovics theory about orbital cyclicity underpins much of what we know about climate change and climate science.

Mar 17, 2016 at 10:27 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

RRS Lest we not forget

Mar 17, 2016 at 10:33 AM | Unregistered Commenternot banned yet

De'Caprio's Folly

Mar 17, 2016 at 10:49 AM | Unregistered CommenterLord Beaverbrook

RRS Grant Seeker

Mar 17, 2016 at 10:56 AM | Registered CommenterGreen Sand

My suggestion was: RSS Korttajarvi Sediments
Reason: To serve as a reminder to scientists that, as with their boats, they should not use their data upside down.

Mar 17, 2016 at 11:08 AM | Unregistered Commentermichael hart

Trending on Twitter : @NERCscience #nameourship
So if your name is banned you can share it with that hashtag

RRS Data Adjusting
RRS Fiddling
RRS GreenCeleb Taxi, RRS GreenCeleb Cruises
RRS Brigstocks Folly
Mums Going to Iceland

RRS DavidAttenborough already has 149 votes!
Seriously things should not be named after living or recently dead persons especially politicians, cos it encourages corruption etc....RRS BBC & Saville

but hint for Progressive Socialists ..find the name of a BME + female + scientist and you'll stand a good chance of winning

Mar 17, 2016 at 11:24 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

"Status Quo" -repetitive pounding is still required

"Invisible" -an invisible ice breaker is necessary to break invisible ice

"I can't believe it's not a Cruise Ship!"

"Smasher" - a tribute to AGW Theory

"Endurance" - a tribute to sea ice

If it has a HeliPad, it is wonderful that Penguins and Polar Bears can enjoy the delights of air travel, though not necessarily at the same time.

Mar 17, 2016 at 1:00 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

"Enterprise" to boldly go splitting ice, where ice has been boldly split before

"Victory", common sense defeats dogma

"Rescuer" a tribute to stranded sea ice experts. Alternatively the "Peter Wadham"

Mar 17, 2016 at 2:46 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

"Ed Miliband" - in recognition of everything he has done to ensure sea ice survival.

"The Guardian" - in recognition of everything they have done to ensure sea ice survival

"Peak Ice" - in recognition of The Guardian's attention to accuracy and detail about sea ice

"Twin Peaks - in recognition of The Guardian's understanding of what the Arctica landscape will look like when the polar bears and ice are all gone.


Mar 17, 2016 at 3:20 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie


Mar 17, 2016 at 4:51 PM | Unregistered Commenterssat

When I came up with a whmsical name of Holes in AGW you have to take into account that the ship's name is prefixed with RRS .......

Mar 17, 2016 at 6:41 PM | Unregistered CommenterHarry Passfield

Harry Passfield, noted.

RRS Souls in Peril

RRS No Questions

RRS King Question of AGW

RRS Sing About

Will the new ship be used for delivering fridges and freezers to Eskimos, or has demand tailed off? It is just one of those questions that has always been raised, but never answered.

Mar 17, 2016 at 10:26 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

@ssat Your name was accepted (at first)
Then one of the British Antarctic Survey zoologists angrily tweeted

Alastair Wilson
@NERCscience @BAS_News thought you were checking the entries, "rrs brass monkeys" really? #NameOurShip

Mar 18, 2016 at 6:35 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Quite right to object: can't use a plural for a boat unless it is a catamaran and boat names are always upper case. Scandalous that some people are not taking this naming seriously.

Mar 18, 2016 at 8:29 AM | Unregistered Commenterssat

When I completed the form (twice as I have a .fr email which I rarely use so Mrs S had a submission too) I was asked for a reason for the suggested name and was told that I'd receive an email when the submission had been vetted.

In both cases I'm still waiting for the email and there are 521 submissions including some very strange names which seem to have been passed.

Mar 18, 2016 at 8:59 AM | Unregistered CommenterSandyS

How about Penguin/Polar Bear Rescue (dependent on destination)?

Mar 18, 2016 at 10:55 AM | Unregistered CommenterAlan Kendall

Well my suggestion 30 hours later has just been de-censored ! (I'd made it early when the competition opened)
and I just got an email and a Cli-Tanic photo (reposted on Andrew Montford's FB page)

So there is hope for you @Sandy

Mar 18, 2016 at 11:47 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Yes mine has got through, waiting for Mrs S's entry now.
Nearly 1600 submissions.

Mar 18, 2016 at 3:18 PM | Unregistered CommenterSandyS

Green Sand

Snap. My suggestion for naming the ship RRS Grant Seeker has been accepted as one of the possibles. i suggest we join forces to ensure it is the chosen name!

Mar 18, 2016 at 9:16 PM | Unregistered CommenterMike Post

RSS Grauniad

Mar 19, 2016 at 2:12 AM | Unregistered Commenterclipe

Mike Post
You've got a "like" from me, you also like your own post which will make two.

Mar 19, 2016 at 8:55 AM | Unregistered CommenterSandyS

Their website seems to be in a death spiral.

Mar 19, 2016 at 4:17 PM | Unregistered CommenterMike Post