The infamous Boaty McBoatface is on its way to Greenwich on board the RRS Sir David Attenborough for a star appearance later this month.

Boaty McBoatface was the centre of an extremely British controversy back in 2016 when won the online poll to name a new, world-leading polar vessel via a public vote.

The National Environment Research Council (NERC) instead went for the more sensible RRS Sir David Attenborough, but an advanced submersive submarine on board the vessel was given the infamous name.

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Now both the ship, which is the UK's newest polar research vessel, and submarine will be put on show in south east London as part of a free three-day event celebrating polar exploration.

The boat will be making an appearance next to the iconic National Maritime Museum and Cutty Sark from October 28-30, although the boat tiself won't be open to the public.

Royal Museums Greenwich say the special visit is part of a fantastic festival of polar science and exploration being hosted by RMG and the British Antarctic Survey.

The free three-day Ice Worlds festival will aim to reveal what it's really like to live and work in the Arctic and Antarctic today.

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Featuring a dazzling showcase of environmental science, engineering and technology, Ice Worlds will enthral families and aims to inspire the next generation of scientists, technicians, engineers and citizens.

In March 2016 the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) launched an online poll encouraging members of the public to help name a new polar research ship.

The organisation said it was looking for 'inspirational' suggestions for the government-funded ship, and over 32,000 names were put forward

Some ideas drew inspiration from previous polar journeys, or paid tribute to significant cultural and scientific figures.

Others took a different approach.

'It's Bloody Cold Here', 'I Like Big Boats & I Cannot Lie' and 'What Iceberg' all became part of the online name game fun. However, one particular name stood out like no other: Boaty McBoatface.

Originally suggested by former BBC radio presenter James Hand, by the end of the poll on 16 April Boaty McBoatface had garnered 124,109 votes and 33% of the total vote.

The NERC said it would 'review all of the suggested names', and on May 6 the final decision was announced: the new ship would be known as the Royal Research Ship (RRS) Sir David Attenborough.

The idea had been a popular suggestion during the public vote, and the announcement came just days before Sir David Attenborough's 90th birthday. The name celebrated the naturalist's legacy in British broadcasting, inspiring a love of the natural world over generations.

But the name Boaty McBoatfase wasn't entirely ignored, and was instead given to an advanced underwater submarine which is based on the Sir David Attenborough.

The submarine is designed to reach depths of 6,000m and journey independently under the ice in the polar regions, and will be on display in Greenwich at the end of the month.