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The name of a new polar research vessel will be chosen by a panel of experts, even if the public overwhelmingly votes to call it Boaty McBoatface. Lord West, ex-First Sea Lord, said he was rather proud "silly names" had been suggested but hoped none were chosen.
 boat name polar poll
A daring proposal to try to put a "boat" down on a sea of Saturn's moon Titan is about to be submitted to Nasa. The scientific team behind the idea is targeting Ligeia Mare, a vast body of liquid methane sited in the high north of Saturn's largest moon.


 Titan Saturn boat methane sea
Three teenage boys have been found alive after being lost in their boat in the Pacific Ocean for 50 days.


 Tokelau Fiji boat rescue New Zealand
At least 27 people have died after a boat carrying suspected asylum seekers crashed into rocks on Australia's Christmas Island.


 refugee Christmas Island Australia asylum boat shipwreck
It's my contention that the contentedly busy – a phrase I prefer to workaholic – probably shouldn't go on holiday at all. Noël Coward was right: for them, work is more fun than fun, and when deprived of it, they're not much fun to be around, and would be best left at home. Holidays are for the bored, and writers have always known that.


 vacation family holiday travel boat UK boredom
Two young Britons, James Adair and Ben Stenning, have narrowly escaped death after rowing 3,200 nautical miles, unsupported, all the way across the Indian Ocean from Australia to Mauritius.


 adventure rowing boat Australia Mauritius Indian Ocean ocean
A rowing expedition has reached the 1996 location of the magnetic North Pole in a bid to highlight the effect of climate change in the region.


 Arctic Ocean North Pole magnetic global warming rowing boat
After a month adrift on the ocean, two men have been found on a deserted island in the Pacific. How could anyone survive being at sea for so long?


 South Pacific Pacific Ocean boat adrift Kiribati Marshall Islands sailor survival
An American cruise company says it deeply regrets that one of its ships failed to stop to help a fishing boat adrift in the Pacific Ocean.


 cruise ship Panama boat rescue communication