We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I first read about Shackleton long ago, and I've been a huge fan of his exploits. He never actually accomplished the goals he set out for, but he was a master of revising goals and probably one of the best examples of great leadership I've ever read. As an Anglophile, I've also been intrigued by the concept of the 'Magnificent Failure' which sometimes seems to be a uniquely British concept.
Certainly Shackleton deserves his name on a polar research ship. But in a magnificent failure, the British botched the naming process for the ship. Well, temporarily botched. I happen to like "Boaty McBoatface" over "Shackleton" it just seems like a ship where stuff gets done.
Shackleton and his exploits were amazing. I agree that the fact that he didn't meet his goals is beside the point. He personified perseverance.
It seems obvious that the name, Boaty McBoatface, is a prank but now NERC will have to retreat from their poll and name it themselves or choose the second place name. I wonder how many people are familiar with Shackleton or Attenborough. I suspect they may have a substantial population along the lines of those found in Watter's World, Jay Walking, and Jimmy Kimmel's interviews on the street. If so, that's sad.