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Belfast Welcomes Polar Research Vessel Sir David Attenborough

23rd August 2022
The RRS Sir David Attenborough berthed in Liverpool in October 2020
The RRS Sir David Attenborough berthed in Liverpool in October 2020 Credit: Rodhullandemu/Wikimedia

Belfast Lough welcomed the RRS Sir David Attenborough for the first time this past weekend for a crew change.

And its Captain Matt Neill, from Magilligan near Coleraine, told the Belfast Telegraph was “made up” to bring the ship to Northern Ireland.

The £200 million vessel has been conducting scientific trials en route to Belfast from Macduff in eastern Scotland, ahead of a planned Antarctic mission later this year.

While a public poll to name the research ship resulted in a top vote for ‘Boaty McBoatface’, that irreverent moniker was instead given to one of its robotic submersibles.

The Belfast Telegraph has more on the story HERE.

MacDara Conroy

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