We’ve waited patiently for months, and now here it is – the first picture of Boaty McBoatface.
While it might not be the marvellous vessel we envisioned when thousands of people suggested the brilliant name, we think little Boaty is perfect just the way it is.
It’s a yellow submarine, and will go on adventures with its big brother, the £200 million RRS Sir David Attenborough.
In the greatest achievement by the British public in 2016, 124,000 people called for the massive research ship to be named Boaty McBoatface.
Eventually, the boat was named after national treasure Sir David.
But in a bid to quell the inevitable uprising that would have followed Boaty McBoatface’s snub, it was announced that the name would live on through a remote-control submarine.
Construction of the RRS Sir David Attenborough is now under way, with the veteran broadcaster due to initiate the laying of the first block of the keel.
Commissioned by the Natural Environment Research Council, the ship is being built in Merseyside and will set sail in 2019.
It will enable scientists to research the world’s oceans and study climate change – with the help, of course, of Boaty McBoatface.