Boaty McBoatface is ready for its first Antarctic mission

Alas, the council overrode the public's decision and instead named the ship after Sir David Attenborough, the acclaimed naturalist and broadcaster.

The supremely silly name "Boaty McBoatface" ran away with the vote, but cooler minds chose to name the vessel "RRS Sir David Attenborough" after the popular naturalist and television presenter. The ship will go through a series of trials to make sure it's seaworthy and that its scientific equipment is working properly before heading out on its first mission in 2019. Its name is the result of a public poll to name a ship.

However, the name did live on in the shape of the drone submarine.

Boaty will travel with the DynOPO (Dynamics of the Orkney Passage Outflow) expedition on the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) research ship James Clark Ross, departing from Punta Arenas in Chile on 17 March.

In the coming years, Boaty is expected to attempt the first-ever crossing of the Arctic Ocean under ice, a mission that "has the potential to deliver a step-change in scientists' ability to observe change in this vital region".

Boaty McBoatface will be sent into the Antarctic to study water flow and turbulence in the Orkney Passage, which is more than 2 miles deep, in order to help scientists better understand the impact of global warming.

"We will measure how fast the streams flow, how turbulent they are, and how they respond to changes in winds over the Southern Ocean".

Today, scientists suspect that more heat is getting mixed into AABW from shallower, warmer ocean layers.

Like many heroes, Boaty McBoatface's story was borne out of tragedy.

It will investigate parts of the Southern Ocean. Ultimately, the researchers would like to create models to help them predict how our climate will change during the 21st century and beyond. "Establishing the causes of this warming is important because the warming plays an important role in moderating the ongoing - and likely future - increases in atmospheric temperature and sea level around the globe".