Scientists are facing the distinct possibility of carrying out future research in the North and South Poles aboard a boat named RRS Boaty McBoatface - that is unless a late explorer from Fulham has something to say about it.
The National Environment Research Council (NERC) put the name of its new floating laboratory to a public vote, with Boaty McBoatface leading the way with nearly 20,000 votes.
The nearest contendor in the name poll is RRS Henry Worlsey, suggested in memory of the explorer, a 55-year-old father from Fulham, who died during his bid to become the first person to cross the Antarctic alone in January.
He died just 30 miles short of the end of his 1,000-mile trek. He had been supporting the Endeavour Fund, which helps wounded servicemen in their rehabilitation, and a flood of donations after his death brought the total to more than £360,000 .
The former army officer would be a more fitting name for the NERC boat, but it appears the public at the moment have other ideas as RRS Henry Worsley has gained less than a fifth of the number of votes as the leading name.
However, NERC has clarified that the final decision will be made by its own panel, meaning Worsley could yet have the last laugh.
'I'm scared it might win'
The floating lab, designed to operate in sub-zero temperatures, has had other comical names suggested to be emblazoned its side, including RRS ItsBloodyColdHere, RRS Usain Boat and RRS Boatimus Prime.
NERC said this week: "Shackleton. Endeavour. Falcon. These are just some of the names suggested for the UK's next world-class polar research ship.
"Tonne-for-tonne, the ship - together with NERC's existing two blue water research ships - will provide the UK with the most advanced floating research fleet in the world and will help put the UK at the forefront of ocean research for years to come."
The name RRS Boaty Mc Boatface was put forward on Twitter by James Hand, who said this week he was "kind of scared it might actually win".