Attenborough hails start of construction of ship almost named Boaty McBoatface
Sir David Attenborough has hailed the start of construction of a polar research ship, which shot to fame amid calls to name it Boaty McBoatface, as a "marvellous occasion".
Naturalist and TV presenter, after whom it was ultimately decided the ship should be named, will initiate the laying of the first block of the keel.
The keel-laying is a traditional maritime ceremony to bring good luck to a vessel during her construction and her captain and crew during her life.
Sir David said: "It is a marvellous occasion. I have sailed on British Antarctic Survey (BAS) ships before and... read more