The 10,000-tonne hull of the RRS Sir David Attenborough was launched into the River Mersey on Saturday, marking a major milestone in the build of the UK’s new state-of-the-art polar research ship.
The ship, which is under construction at the Cammel Laird shipyard in Liverpool, is the largest civilian ship to be built in the UK in the last 30 years.
The £200 million polar research ship was commissioned by the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council and will be operated by the British Antarctic Survey upon its delivery in 2019
The ship became an internet meme in 2016 after NERC hosted an online naming contest for the vessel in which the name ‘Boaty McBoatface‘ was over overwhelmingly selected as the winner.
Participating in Saturday’s launch was Sir David Attenborough himself, the well-known English broadcaster, naturalist and actual person.
Once in the river, tugs towed the hull to Cammell Laird’s wet basin for the next stages of construction....MUCH MORE