RRS Sir David Attenborough Passes Woolwich

There are lots of things that make the RRS Sir David Attenborough stand out in the crowd.

First there is its size – it can only be described as big. The second is that the name has the prefix RRS which stands for Royal Research Ship. Then finally, it is painted bright red.

The reason for the colour scheme is to make it stand out in the environment where it will be doing most of its research – the snowy wastes of the Antarctic.

This is the biggest ship that the British Antarctic Survey have operated and is named after the internationally know British scientist and naturalist, famed for his BBC documentaries, Sir David Attenborough.

The ship had been visiting Greenwich before heading off on its first siginificant voyage. So it was, early on a Sunday morning, the ship headed out to sea in filthy weather.

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