Crowdsourcing is a fantastic way to engage a community on the internet but you need to be careful what you ask for and make sure you know your crowd.

When The National Environment Research asked the British public to name a new polar research boat it offered up the flippant moniker Boaty McBoatface.

UK Science Minister Jo Johnson has stepped into the fray and announced that the vessel will be called the RRS Sir David Attenborough.

But Boaty McBoatface will live on as the name of a yellow submarine on board the ship.

It's a commonsense ending to a crowdsourcing exercise that went awry but ultimately has achieved huge public engagement in British Antarctic research.

The RRS Sir David Attenborough is being built on Merseyside and is due to set sail to Antarctica with 90 scientists in 2019.